One of the skills we are focusing on developing with our sixth grade students this year is typing. In an effort to personalize this instruction and make it more engaging than me standing in front of the class calling out, “a s d f space j k l semicolon,” we’ve implemented TypingWeb.
TypingWeb is a free typing tutor that has three courses: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each course has mini-lessons, and tracks student progress in speed and accuracy. Additionally, TypingWeb automatically keeps track of problem keys, and creates custom lessons for each student based on these keys.
The lesson modules themselves offer brief introductions to hand-placement and then offer 10-13 practice assignments. Check out some screenshots below of the first lesson on TypingWeb for a better idea of how this works:
As a technology coach, the beauty of TypingWeb to me is the back-end management. TypingWeb’s Teacher Portal offers an easy way to keep track of student accounts and progress. Here are just a few of the features it offers:
- Unlimited student accounts
- Student import tool (allows you to import student rosters instead of creating accounts one at a time)
- Progress tracking (see student improvement, problem keys, and speed and accuracy data)
- Real-time student monitoring (see exactly what students are working on at all times)
- Trophy case (students can earn trophies for completing lessons and tasks)
- Personalization (students can choose from different skins to customize the look and feel of the website)
- On-screen hand diagram and keyboard
- Engaging typing games
If you’re interested in building typing skills in your own school or classroom, I would highly recommend perusing TypingWeb. Signing up and getting started takes a few minutes, and it’s completely free so there’s no pressure!
Happy typing, y’all!