This is a fun site for learning how to type. Start with level 1 and follow the directions. Then, move up to the other levels.
Funschool – Type Me (Grades 2 – 5)
This is a nice game. Select the easy level with only 10 words. The student must type the letter as it falls from the sky. When the correct letter is entered a parachute saves the letter.
Type Me is an ad supported site. All of the ads are kid friendly. (Actually the 10 times I started the game all ads were kid appropriate.) There is a place in the upper right hand corner for skipping the ads.
Practice Typing (Grades K-3)
Practice Typing requires the student to type the letter that appears in the box at the top of the page. There is a stopwatch for tracking the time and a counter that counts the total letters typed. You can change the kind of letters that will appear in the box to consonants, vowels, two letter words, numbers, etc. You can also set the time for up to 1 minute.
Keyboarding Practice (Grades 2-5)
Keyboarding practice is more of a traditional typing program. Those of us that studied business education classes while in high school will remember these drills. (aa ;; ss ll dd kk ff jj) It works. Some students will find this rewarding because student paced. Have the student work through the lessons as listed.
Typing Reference- Fingering (All Grades)
Students – What to Do? (All Grades)
Students – How to Do It? (All Grades)
These sites talk about proper ergonomics for students. I talked about these with your students. This page is a very nice review with more details.
Computer Keyboarding Questions
This site offers information about the keyboard. Not just where the fingers belong, but things like why the letters are all mixed up, what is the keyboard’s official name, etc. Interesting for some students that like to know trivia stuff.
How to Teach Typing: Activities
This site is more for the teacher that wants something to teach in the Lab. There are some great lessons here that support keyboarding skills. There are some worksheets that can be copied for kids to use when practicing at a keyboard. Each lesson has a drill for specific keys, but I would skip down to the sentences and just have the kids type those. There are only about 4 sentences for each lesson. Students should be able to do these without much teacher assistance. Teachers should stress anchoring the fingers on the home row. K-3 should use the left hand for keys on the side and the right hand for keys on the right side. Grades 4 and 5 should do the same, but start trying to reach the upper and lower rows with the correct fingers.
For the younger kids, there is a Color Me Keyboard. They can color the keys that spell their name or something similar. They can use the paper keyboard on their desktops and touch the letters on the keyboard that spell vocabulary words or spelling words. I used this as a second grade literacy center. Instead of “read the room” my student would “type the room” using the paper keyboards. It helped to reinforce word awareness skills (vowel combinations, consonant cluster, etc.)
Popcap.com – Typer Shark
This is more challenging. Start the game at the lowest level with is 20 words per minute. The student must type the word/letters on the shark before it crosses the screen.
This is an excellent site about Keyboarding skills. Each grade level enters to a cool room with several icons leading to different activities. As the grade levels increase, the activities become more challenging. There are even Power Point and Database activities. The fifth grade typing program is a real challenge. It not only uses letters, but it also uses the special characters and symbols.
This is kind of like “Hangman”. You're scored on how many seconds it takes you to guess & spell the words, 5 in each round. TIP: Use your keyboarding skills to practice those and go much faster. You can also spell words by clicking on letters - mouse practice.
Ok…I admit…this one is cute overload. The first game I looked at was Paw Park Alphabet Bears. The object of the game was to put the bears in Roller Coaster cars in ABC order. If you are correct, the bears go for a ride on the Roller Coaster, but you only see them leave, you don’t see the ride. The game I previewed only seemed to cover ABC Order to the first letter. Great for first grade. The games have 3 levels –Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. As you slide the curser over the lessons, the objectives appear in the upper right hand corner.
This is just fluff, but it is nice. The kids are given a sentence to type. They start by clicking on the start button. Then, type the sentence. Last, click on done and the computer will tell you how fast you may be able to type.