Type to Learn is engaging typing for kids software that is perfect for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This latest addition to the Type to Learn series provides sequential touch-typing instruction in an engaging and interactive format. The software lacks a few key features, but is an excellent kids typing program overall.
Type to Learn is comprised of more than 100 lessons (called Missions) that teach all the fundamentals of touch-typing. These include proper posture and hand positions, correct finger-to-key movement, and (for many kids) the dreaded number and punctuation keys. The program introduces keys two at time, with corresponding typing exercises to develop keystroke memory for those particular keys.
Type to Learn also offers five typing games for kids. Each one is designed to improve a specific keyboarding skill, such as speed, accuracy, and left- and right-hand coordination. As they go through the lessons and pass through the assessments, the application promotes kids to higher ranks (equivalent to typing levels), starting with Beginner Recruit and advancing through to Master Agent.
Progress reports benefit both parents and children because they help you gauge how your child is doing. More specifically, they show what aspects of typing kids are excelling at and what they still need to practice. You can even view the progress reports as bar graphs to see children's accuracy by hand, finger and key. Disappointingly, the software doesn't provide an adjusted words-per-minute (WPM) rate.
An interesting usability issue with this typing software for kids is that once your child launches it, your child must remain in the application unless they exit it. Essentially, there is no option to minimize the program interface. While this may be a downside for kids who like to multitask, others may thoroughly enjoy feeling as if they are being transported to another place entirely. Also, with no other distractions, your students can fully concentrate on their typing lessons.
Type to Learn is available for schools and individuals. For individual users, there is a CD and a web version. If your children's school uses Type to Learn for their keyboarding practice, we suggest purchasing the web version for your child. The web version allows your child to log in to their account at school or at home and always begin where they left off.
Type to Learn offers a fun and engaging platform for kids to learn how to type; its typing missions are interactive, and its games are simultaneously educational and entertaining. This kids typing software may lack an adjusted WPM rate and require you to fully exit the application to access other programs, but Type to Learn is ideal for teaching motivated students how to touch-type.
Type to Learn makes touch-typing instruction fun and interactive for kids, and its curriculum is ideal for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The software doesn't provide an adjusted words-per-minute rate, and you must exit the program to access other applications on your computer.
With a unique theme and interactive games, Type to Learn is ideal to teach motivated students how to touch-type accurately.