Some students don’t have very accurate or speedy typing skills. There are many programs on the internet that will teach them the positions of the hands on the keyboard as well as fun games to improve their speed and accuracy.
Below are some that I have used with my students who had set themselves goals to improve their typing so they weren’t using only two fingers when typing up reports or blog posts.
Tests and tutorials
Typing test – this is where we are going to do our first and last tests to see if you have achieved your goal or not.
Upbeat – playing music while practising finger placement for typing correctly. No time to look at the keys if you want the music to play well. Three levels for typing.
Typing tutor – teaches you correct hand position to improve your typing skills.
Dance Mat – this is a typing tutorial produced by the BBC in England for students to learn how to type
Fast fingers – another speedtest to use throughout the week
Practise words and sentences
Foggies – pick some music to type words by. The words appear and disappear into the fog. You stop the game when you require. Two levels.
Typing chef - you are the chef typing words that are in the bubbles coming up from the pots and pans on the stove.
Chameleon – typing sentences as the chameleon tries to catch the flies.
Barracuda – type words as well as capital letters
Trees – choose what words you have eg trees, animals then type them as they fall. Includes capital letters and punctuation. Different levels can be chosen – this will vary the speed.
Practise letters or characters
Alphabet Rain – includes letters and numbers dropping like rain. You need to type the character before it hits the ground. Five levels.
Keyman – a bit like Pacman but you have to eat the letters as well as the pill to get the ghost.
Burst the bubble – type the letter in the bubble – burst the bubble before it hits the surface.
Sheep game – type the letter in the parachute before the sheep lands on the ground
Type against others in a race
Typeracer – you may sign in or use guest account. Record kept if you join. Then you can play against other typists or practise your typing. Do not create private race with chat.
This post was copied from another blog I write and the following is a comment about another program to use.
What a great collection! This ‘Keyseeker’ site helps build keyboard familiarty from an early age … it is designed for students in their first years at school
Have you used any other sites with your students?
Original image: ‘computer lab – 4th grade‘ by: woodley wonderworks