Back in the 1950’s typing was taught in school. In many schools it was a course that women took because in those days, women were expected to become secretaries. They learned a method of typing called “touch typing”. Typing class made way for computer class and keyboarding class. Now, it’s just a given that students know how to type, more often than not, they don’t.
We live in a day and time that mobile devices are put into the hands of three year olds. If not corrected, these kids basically teach themselves to type. By the time they reach elementary school they are probably typing using a hybrid, touch type and hunt and peck method, that they basically taught themselves. Of course there are also millions of kids that didn’t grow up with devices, but they sit down to class with Chromebooks, iPads and smartphones.
Students need to learn to type, and type correctly. Learning how to type correctly can improve speed and accuracy. TypingMaster has created a wide variety of typing programs and games that get users engaged and teaches them how to type correctly. TypingMaster can double a students typing speed.
TypeMaster’s TypeTastic is their newest product geared towards the youngest typists in grades K-3. For the little guys, TypeTastic focuses first on teaching letter locations, hand-eye coordination, and typing with one finger. In just a few hours, the students can type short texts smoothly.
In TypeTastic, pedagogical games create and support the learning, rather than just serving as rewards for completing typing exercises. This game-based learning increases student motivation, speeds up results, and helps kids develop a positive attitude towards keyboarding. In TypeTastic, the learning and gameplay are completely inseparable. Every game has a pedagogical goal and together, the games form a solid, engaging, step-by-step learning path to developing typing skills.
The first chapter of TypeTastic was released in March 2017, and it recorded almost 100,000 users during the first month. This first set of games focuses on keyboard memorization using color codes and letter grouping. Upcoming chapters include games that emphasize hand-eye coordination, keyboarding skills, writing words, and building word fluency. By chapter 4, Keyboarding Kickstart, kids will learn how to engage all ten fingers on the keyboard. There are currently two versions of TypeTastic available: a free, public edition; and an ad-free version for the schools (which will be offered for free through the end of 2017).
“Typing skills are vital for 21st-century kids,” said Petteri Väliaho, CEO and co-founder of TypingMaster. “A lot of U.S. school tests require proficient typing, so it is an essential part of the learning curriculum. TypeTastic gets young kids started with typing in a fun and compelling way that keeps them interested and engaged. It takes the frustration out of typing lessons for both students and teachers, and helps kids as young as five learn to enjoy typing.”
Students can use the browser-based TypeTastic on PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and tablets—without installation or plugins. Tablet users also have the option to connect through an external keyboard.
You can check out TypeMaster and TypeTastic at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, email Jacob Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment, and visit TypingMaster online at typingmaster.com