Keyboarding is a 21st Century Skill
Below are typing tutors that students can do at home online. They are free. You do not need to use an email address for many of these programs. Because they are free, you might see ads. There are many typing courses online. If you don’t find one below that you are happy with, you can always buy a typing CD program at amazon or Staples or another vendor. The cost is usually under $15.
Young students like BBC Typing. Dance Mat typing has animated characters and fun instructional voices.
The teachers at some of our schools like this free online program. http://typingclub.com/
Peter’s Online Typing Course
There is lots of information on this site to read. The keyboarding exercises work without any gimmicks. “…this course is minimalist in nature…”
PowerTyping for kids and adults
Bare bones lessons.
There are ads and popups, but the games are fun for kids.
Typing Tutor by Speed Typing
There are some ads, but this looks like a good basic course.
Typing Lessons Online
There are ads on this site.
Rapid Typing Zone
They want you to download their free software. I have not done that. The games are free, but you need to watch a commercial first.
This course requires an email and username. A teacher or parent can set up accounts.
For even more suggestions to give your child a head start on typing go to the tech guru, Richard Byrne’s website for a review of 7 Resources for Developing Typing Skills
Happy Cloud Typing – Eileen Vaughn
Principles for Effective Learning
Typing is a closed set of skills that requires training. Through this sort of learning format, you must rely on yourself to be your own coach and trainer. This means you must consistently provide yourself with discipline, intelligent direction and encouragement. The extent to which you successfully play this coach/trainer role for yourself will largely determine how good a typist you will become!
Here are the most important things that you, as your own self-coach, must always keep in the forefront of your mind. Please take them to heart; these points are CRITICAL.
- No mistakes. Always be sure and in control. Follow the principle of 100% correct practice: to make a mistake is to learn incorrect things, and to confuse that which you already know.
- Slower is faster. Speed comes from certainty. The more you type things correctly, no matter how slow it has to be, the more certain you will be, and the faster you will become a proficient typist. Increase speed only when you feel sure enough to do so.
- Don’t look at the keyboard! If you don’t know where a key is, look at the keyboard to find it, then look away and type the key. Do not guess; always be sure.
- Relax. No unnecessary or dysfunctional tension!
- Hit the keys squarely in the center. If you find you aren’t consistently doing so, SLOW DOWN!!! It should feel good to type!