Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Typing/Keyboarding Practice

How are your typing skills? If your one of those people who use just their index fingers to type, you may want to check out Dance Mat Typing from the BBC Schools site. While the website is aimed at children/students aged 7-11, it's an easy-to-use tool for anyone needing to get beyond the "hunt and peck" typing style. Their are 4 levels, with each level divided into 3 stages. Each stage/level will recap previous lessons to reinforce what you've learned, and you will learn to type with both hands. In addition, at the end of each lesson, you'll be rewarded with a mini song and dance. Woo hoo! You will need headphones (if you're in a public space/using a public computer) or speakers to enjoy the song and dance in each game. Also, the games use the Flash plug-in - if your computer doesn't have Flash, you can find information on how to download it here, or you can play the alternative interactive versions available at each stage. Worksheets are available for each stage that can be printed out and used offline with a typewriter or computer.

Other keyboarding/typing tutorials:

There are numerous other free keyboarding/typing websites out there...just do a Google search for "keyboarding" or "typing lessons" and you'll see what I mean. Of course, there are also many fee-based programs (order software, etc.), so you may want to stick to those lessons available through K-12 schools (curriculum posted online by a typing teacher).

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