Keyboarding, Part 3!

This is our third post about keyboarding. To see our other posts on this topic, check out these posts: Keyboarding Resources, and  More on Keyboarding

In this post, we will share a number of excellent websites and games for students to learn and practice keyboarding.

First up is BBC Dance Mat Typing. This is a great introduction to keyboarding and touch typing.

Pros: Free, teaches correct finger placement for touch typing, rewarding and enjoyable cartoon characters and music.

Cons: Does not measure typing speed or record progress. May be too juvenile for teens.

Keybr – A great website for practice of learned finger placement and development of speed and fluency. Unique to most typing programs, you type random combinations of letters that frequently co-occur, with some real words included.

Pros: Free, allows log in and recording of time/speed/accuracy of performance on an easy-t0-print graph.

Cons: Is basic in graphics and concept. Does not allow for practice of typing sentences/punctuation on Levels 1-3. You can input data from a website or document if you would like to measure speed and accuracy of sentences.

Sense Lang – This website includes lessons and games to build keyboarding skills. There is also an opportunity for you to create your own typing class and customized typing lessons.

Pros: Free, includes typing lessons in the touch typing method. Speed and accuracy are measured. Website includes typing games, including Type for Your Life and Typing Olympics that range in difficulty.

Cons: Does not record data over time.

Free Typing Game has free typing lessons, which target specific letters, chosen by the user, to achieve a goal speed, also chosen by the user. When the typist achieved the goal set, a review of all learned keys is presented. These lessons measure typing speed and allow for the printing of completion certificates. There are also few different games that give students opportunities to practice typing individual letters as well as words. The games are graded by level of difficulty, and by the keys used (including capitals and punctuation). 

 Pros: Free, able to target small groups of letters at a time, includes typing tests, lessons, and games. Allows you or the student to set short term goals.

Cons: Does not record data over time.

Typer Shark is an adventure game that is available in a demo version for free, and for purchase from Pop Cap games. Your diver ventures the depths of the ocean in search of long lost treasure, while avoiding hungry sharks and dangerous piranhas. This game generally interests older students, and provides practice of both individual letters and words. Each level becomes progressively harder, and the game has several settings for overall difficulty.

Pros: Free version available. Engaging and exciting game that progressively gets more difficult.

Cons: Full version costs about 10 dollars. Does not include lessons or instruction in finger placement and touch typing. Level typing speed is generally inflated over “true typing speed.”

Clockwords is a different kind of typing game, that requires that you come up with the words to type. It’s engaging, and available for free and in a purchased version.

Pros: Free version available.

Cons: Full version costs approximately 5 dollars. Does not record words per minute in a traditional way. Requires greater cognitive demand – composition and spelling of the words.

If you are interested, there are several other resources for keyboarding games at practice at Dr. Zachry’s blog! What’s your favorite resource for teaching students keyboarding?

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