Typing Skills in the Lower School

Even with all the changes we see in technology, keyboarding is still recognized as an important skill to develop and practice. Students in the Lower School use their school devices (iPads and Chromebooks) for creating, collaborating, communicating, and investigating – typing with accuracy, efficiency, and using the correct technique makes writing much easier and more productive.

Below is a list of websites that may help build typing skills. Above all else, students should focus on accuracy and technique (using the HOME keys) when practicing their typing – speed will come with time. We recommend students spend approximately 5-10 minutes each weeknight practicing their typing. We also suggest that students in grades 3-5 set a goal of reaching 8-15 words per minute by the end of the school year, using the correct technique. Above all else please defer to the homework policies and keyboarding goals set by your child’s teacher and/or the grade level team.

We will also offer an after-school typing class, in the winter session. More information will be available after the New Year.

 

Name Site Notes
Typing Web www.typingweb.com
  • Free
  • Web-based
  • User Login* (optional)
  • Managed by teacher (optional)
RataType www.ratatype.com
  • Free
  • Web-based
  • User Login* (optional)
Dance Mat Typing www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr
  • Game
  • Free
  • Web-based
Typing Bubbles www.typingtest.com/games/bubbles.html
  • Game
  • Free (includes banner ads)
  • Web-based

 

Other recommended sites – just Google search for:

  • Meteor Typing Blast
  • Spacebar Invaders
  • Save the Sailboat Race
  • Outerspace Fleet Commander
  • The Frogs are Off Their Diet!
  • Typing Lessons from FreeTyping Game.net
  • Typing Tests from FreeTypingGame.net
  • Typing Tutor from OzSpeller
  • Peter’s Online Typing Course
  • Letter Practice – Jo Edkins Typing
  • Paragraph Practice – Typingtest.com
  • Free Touch Typing Program from SenseLang.com

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