Now that my class has finally gone one-to-one with Chromebooks (yay!), I needed to choose a website that offered typing lessons for students. Here are the must-have features that I was looking for in my selection:
- Web-based program
- easy to use (for both teachers and students)
- free (and not just free to try, but totally free)
- fun for my students
Okay, so maybe I have more than a few! LOL! However, I am not willing to compromise on this issue. Teachers have so much on our plates, that we need something that gets the job done. I think I’ve found one that will work with Typing.com.
Not an Ad…Just My Opinion
First, let me be clear – this is not a paid promo for the website. I have not asked for nor received any compensation for this post. These are my opinions. Once I found a website that matched all of my rather demanding criteria, I just had to share it with other busy teachers.
Typing Lessons for Students Criteria
Okay, now on to the good stuff! Let’s look back at my criteria list for why I chose to use Typing.com as my source for typing lessons for students. First, it is a web-based program. No need to purchase or download separate software to get started with keyboarding. Being a website means my students can access it from multiple devices at school or home. Win!
Easy to Use
Don’t you just love it when you are given a new piece of technology and no training? The ol’ “just play around with it and figure it out” style of professional development. Not cool. No way was I willing to invest hours of my time on learning how to use a typing website for students. Typing.com has a great blog with lots of useful information and a support department if I need extra help. They also offer quick tutorial videos you can show your students about how to get started with the program. Another great feature is that you can use your Google info to sign-in so you don’t have another username and password to keep track of for your students. I used to have to keep track of my students’ usernames and passwords for each website we used regularly. However, thanks to Typing.com syncing with Google, that makes one less username and password to manage. A definite improvement!
Free (For Realz!)
Almost every typing website for kids lets you try it for free. However, then you have to pay if you want continued access. I respect their right to make money – websites are not cheap to create or maintain. But what if you teach in a district where that sort of funding just isn’t a possibility? Typing.com is free to try and free to keep. Completely. This was a huge factor for me in my decision.
Who wants to be bored when typing? No one least of all students in the 21st century who are used to constant entertainment. Typing.com has gamified their lessons so they are fun and engaging for students to use while developing their touch typing skills. They recently updated their website over the summer to make it even more enjoyable. I don’t want to have to cajole my students into practicing their keyboarding skills.
Finally, I wanted a program that would cover it all. In the past, I have used Dance Mat Typing. It is great for introducing typing, but my upper elementary students would quickly finish all of the lessons while still needing a lot more practice. With Typing.com you have access to typing lessons, typing tests, and typing games. Your students will definitely get tons of typing practice in a focused, sequential format, and regular usage will result in better keyboarding abilities.
Typing Lessons for Students in Elementary School
Learning in the classroom today requires that upper elementary students be able to type quickly and accurately. When I was in school, keyboarding didn’t happen until you were in high school. That timeline is inconceivable today. With our state tests now being done online, and more typing required of students in their answers, giving kids access to typing lessons geared specifically for elementary students is an absolute must.
Give Typing.com a try as your resource for typing lessons for students. Or, if you have another site you think is great, please share in the comments below!