Top 3 Essential Typing Program Features for Schools

Typing education in schools is commonplace today, after a decade of growing interest. Computer teachers employ a variety of methods to make sure that lessons will enrich and intrigue even the youngest of pupils. This is sometimes difficult as, with their fleeting attention span, interest comes and goes quickly with students. Keyboarding might be fun one day and boring the next.

Luckily, there are loads of options that will help avert this. Touch typing programs like Typesy offer an assortment of features that help teachers educate and students learn. Here are three features in Typesy that can be useful in the school setting.

Online Typing Courses

Typesy has a comprehensive selection of touch typing courses students of all ages can take. Beginners can start with the Classic course and its basic lessons on the parts of the keyboard. From there, they can gradually move on to building speed and accuracy, attempting dictation typing, and even achieving mastery through bonus lessons.

Curricula that require students to have a more in-depth keyboard relationship can opt for the Interactive course. It pays particular attention to each row of the keyboard as well as the shift, punctuation, number, and symbol keys.

Typing Improvement Progress Charts

As education is primarily based on practice, students and teachers greatly benefit from tracking improvement when it comes to touch typing. Typesy’s software ensures that checking your statistics is easy. Progress maps are updated to cater to your touch typing needs, as there are maps that track typing competency, typing speed, and typing accuracy. The Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map informs you of the areas of low or high knowledge on your keyboard with the aid of color. In addition, the software also keeps tabs on your training time and what subjects and courses are in need of greater focus.

Engaging and Educational Typing Games

Typing hours don’t have to be boring. Typesy offers its users an amazing collection of fun and informative games and challenges. Touch typing is fun when you can learn through your favorite games, like Pacman and Flappy Bird. Build accuracy with games that involve falling, rising, and sinking letters or words. Boost your speed with Speech Builder and two versions of the Letter Train. There are also games that help you enhance other keyboard skills, such as your typing memory and reaction. Finally, if you’re up to it, you can test yourself with Typesy’s standard activities.

A great touch typing program can truly make or break the productivity of a typing class. When selecting among typing program features, it helps to consider various factors, like the following:

1) Does the program meet educational standards?

2) Is the program appropriate for my students?

3) Does the program provide valuable features?

Hopefully, you will be able to enrich your students love for learning and typing using these tips and selections.

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Ultimate Typing Game Available On Typesy

Game on! 

Typing courses are not the only ways to learn how to type. Sometimes, you just need a time off from all the tests and the learning. You need something more disguised, more intriguing, more…playful.

Typesy offers a huge array of games. They update constantly, to everyone’s liking, to provide fresher material.

Cue the glorious music. Introducing Typesy’s new and improved games:

This spring, are you looking for something cool? Something hot? Something spectacular, never-been-done-before, challenging, and helpful in learning? Something overall AMAZING?

Then Ztype Typing Game is your type.

Ztype Typing Game is Typesy’s brand new gaming addition. It’s an air shooter game equipped with fun and learning. Let me lay it out for you. You are lost in space and your spacecraft is being attacked by word-heavy asteroids. The only way to survive is to destroy them through shooting your laser beams. The only way to access these laser beams, however, is through typing the words attached to the asteroid. It’s a challenging game, full of twists and surprises as you move on with each wave. It’s a game that will exercise your speed, accuracy, and keyboard proficiency. Nevertheless, it is a fun, exciting game for anyone who knows how to get crazy in space.

Typesy also has other games fit for any type of mood you have. They distribute the games based on the skills you are aiming for.

Among their accuracy building games, a user-favorite is definitely Sinking Words. With its ocean setting, Sinking Words is a riveting experience, forcing the player to master their typing precision to not let the words hit rock bottom.

In their speed boosting games, Letter Train stands out. It may seem like a course, but this time you are given a time and life limit. It’s an exhilarating way to test out how fast you are in typing. Either you beat the clock or the clock will beat you. Letter Train is enjoyed so widely that it even got a sequel!

Typesy offers a lot for games that focus solely on the “fun”. Most of them are reboots of old games, just with a Typesy twist on it. My personal favorite is Clumsy Bird Typing. Just like the world-famous Flappy Bird game, Clumsy Bird Typing is a stand out among the rest. It is just as challenging as the original game. Every typed word causes the bird to go higher regardless of where it should go. It really pumps you up as the game progresses, especially when a low pipe is followed by a high one.

Typesy is definitely serving with these games. But the question is: are you game?

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Homeschool Thought: Should We Use Common Core Standard?

In this day and age, there’s no escaping the keyboard. It has infiltrated every home through every computer, laptop, and phone. Not being accustomed to using the keyboard means you are not able to enter the modern world. Keyboards are used not only for communication, but for coding, filing, record keeping, book writing, publishing, and most other professions you can think of!

Keyboarding is such an important skill that schools have added it to their educational programs and Common Core standards. They’ve implemented different skills technological literacy programs for pupils as early as third grade.

Now, the older generation might be thinking, “Technology may have some benefits, but games and other distractions abound. Can’t students just focus on writing by hand?”

Students can, and should, learn how to write well by hand. But technology is a huge part of modern life, and not learning young will be a problem for them later on. On top of that, keyboarding teaches children speed and accuracy.

“But isn’t third grade a tad young to be learning how to type?”

Third graders are also at an age where they are susceptible to information absorption and processing. They just need the proper tools – like keyboarding – to help expand this ability. Keyboarding is a helpful tool because it demands precision and speed, exposing children to new information and words while helping them learn how to communicate efficiently.

“Will it be too hard for them?”

Not at all! The common core standards build the pupil up; they don’t stress children out. Third graders basically just get comfortable with the keyboard, getting to know the basics. Fourth to sixth graders have three whole years to learn how to type at a speed of 33 WPM. Seventh to eighth graders get to taste internet communication and research while further improving typing speed. Keyboard literacy through the Common Core is one big, streamlined process that will prepare them for their future lives.

“Great! How can we, as parents, help them learn?”

Well, work from home! Websites that focus on typing are everywhere online. You can go straight to courses with Typesy and let your kids have fun while learning how to touch type.

Now that you know what the Common Core is for, and what your children need to do, call your kiddos, get them starting, and type, type, type!

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Typesy In-Focus: Create Your Own Avatar!

Typesy is the ultimate software for touch typing training. Here, you can improve your typing skills while acquiring badges and awards by completing a plethora of challenges. But all type and no play will make you a dull typist, so Typesy also gives you numerous options to make your typing experience truly yours.

One such way is by allowing you to personalize your Typesy profile in the most dynamic way possible: by creating your own avatar! You can make your account unique and get yourself a cute mini-version in a few clicks.

You can access your account details by clicking on the circular icon on the upper rightmost of your home screen. Select the profile and hover your mouse over the gray square on the left to see “BUILD AVATAR.” After clicking on that, a new window will pop up asking you to choose between a male or female appearance. You can now start making your avatar!

In making your avatar, you will be exposed to a diverse set of features. You can designs its face, eyes, hair, clothes, and all the features in between in a multitude of shapes, shades, and styles. You can also choose their background and even opt to generate a wacky random avatar if you’re feeling adventurous. Reset mistakes if you have any and once you have finalized your avatar, click save.

For those who prefer not to use an avatar, you can upload your own image instead. Again, hover your mouse over the gray square on the left and click “UPLOAD IMAGE”. Pick any picture from your files and set your profile to your true, beautiful self.

Have as much fun setting up your profile as you do with typing using Typesy. Brighten up your typing training journey with a piece of your personality. Head on over to your Typesy account or sign up now to enjoy a superb touch typing experience.

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Child’s Play: How to Encourage Your Kid to Start Touch Typing

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Your Child and Touch Typing

Touch Typing has increased in importance in this digital age. Many colleges and professions require a certain degree of typing expertise to accept young applicants. Because of this, modern parents and educators are motivated to have children start typing as early as kindergarten.

Early typing won’t be too much of a problem for your young children, provided, of course, that they can stay on the keyboard for more than a minute. Pressing on keys over and over might prove to be a bore for these youngsters. The challenge for teachers won’t be their students’ skills, but their attention spans.

Introducing Your Kids to Typing the Fun Way

The first goal in teaching kindergartners how to type is to get them familiar with the keyboard. These kids don’t have full command of their motor skills yet, so it’s best to introduce them to the keys first and ease them into typing. To keep them interested, you can incorporate colorful activities to catch their attention. You can even award outstanding learners with treats to acknowledge their achievements.

Children in the second or third grade should start with more focused and goal-oriented typing instruction. Older children should be informed of the benefits of touch typing as well as opportunities and careers in the field of I.T. The next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates might be learning to type in your home or school right now!

Typing Training Programs and Games

Typing training programs are great places for your child to learn typing. You can access hundreds of similar websites with a simple internet search and most of them are free. Online touch typing softwares like Typesy feature typing exercises that show beginners how to type gradually. You can adjust the settings to better cater to your child’s needs. Typesy and other programs also have a wide array of mini-games and challenges that will engage playful learners. Kids can learn how to type with cartoon friends like PacMan, Flappy Bird, and even Pikachu (hopefully soon).

Setting Expectations

While it is good to dream big for your little typist, you should try to root those goals in reasonable expectations. These are the general typing performance benchmarks that schools have for each grade level:

3rd grade: 85% – 100% accuracy, 15 WPM

4th grade: 90% – 100% accuracy, 20 WPM

5th grade: 90% – 100% accuracy, 25 WPM

6th grade: 90% – 100% accuracy, 30 WPM

These can serve as great guidelines and motivation for your child on their typing journey!

Touch typing doesn’t have to be a boring affair. Your child can have fun and explore the keyboard with these entertaining options. Starting them young will surely mold future typists with enough experience and skill to help create a new generation of digital leaders.

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Typesy In-Focus: Tests and Assignments

As an educator, part of the job is time management. You’ll have to maximize the (limited) time you have for introducing all the topics and activities in your lesson plan. There are many possible classroom interruptions, so you’ll find yourself delaying or forgoing tests and assignments numerous times in the school year. This lost time is also a wasted opportunity in expanding the knowledge of your students.

Typesy aids educators in solving this dilemma with its EDU and Homeschool Editions. They are specially made for Touch Typing education outside of the school setting, making lessons more practicable and convenient. You can easily add students to your class and monitor their individual progress with development reports.

Typesy also allows you to create and customize tests and assignments for your class. To access this, simply click on the Admin tab at the center of your home screen. You will be redirected to the EDU or Homeschool edition of your Typesy account. Go to “Classes” and then “Tests and Assignments”, where you can see a green button labeled “Create New.” Choose between the two from the drop-down menu.

You have a lineup of options to pick from to make your work specific. After naming your assignment, you will be first asked to select an exercise, which include typing and keyboard row tests. They are often in the form of excerpts from literary classics. You will be then asked to select an activity from their standard and accuracy building games. You can also schedule the dates when your assignment will be will active and inactive. Additional features include the number of redo’s students are allowed, to force immediate completion, and to set a time limit. Creating a new test comprises of the same features, except that you cannot select an activity and set a time limit.

Tests and assignments don’t have to be difficult for teachers too. With Typesy, both are easy for you and your students. No more need to fuss over dates and dues because with Typesy’s EDU and Homeschool Editions, you’ll always be right on time.

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Common Core Standards for Keyboarding

Whether you like typing or not, if you’re born in this day and age, computer literacy is kind of, like, a thing. Schools require typing literacy nowadays from children as early as the third grade.

That’s right. Technology has infiltrated our education…and that’s a good thing. Typing teaches children how to be accurate and fast at the same time. It exercises their brain and makes it more open to information absorption and processing.

These educational requirements were added to the Common Core, American national benchmarks for education and ability in numerous subjects. They help educators and parents know what their students should be able to do after a certain number of years in the school system, so everyone is roughly on the same track to graduation and proficiency beyond school.

So, what are these new additions to the Common Core that we should know about?

Starting in third grade, students are required to “use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.” This doesn’t mean they have to be authors, but they do have to be able to type sentences and paragraphs to express themselves.

Fourth graders are expected to type one page in a single sitting. This standard also amps up the accuracy and speed. There is no requirement for the length of each “single sitting,” but schools usually have a time limit. Students are expected to type at a speed of at least 11 WPM.

Fifth graders should be able to type two pages in a single sitting. Their expected speed is 22 WPM. They are to demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills at this point.

Sixth graders take it up to the next level with three pages in one sitting. This would mean they should be typing at approximately 33 WPM. This would put them close to the average typing speed of 38-40 WPM.

Moving on from the basics, seventh graders have to step up to the world of the internet. They are expected to “fluently communicate with others via the internet, especially when instant messaging requires keyboard proficiency.” They understand the importance of instant messaging in getting through with future schoolwork and jobs.

Eighth graders must “gather relevant information….and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.” This is far from just regular typing now. This core standard indicates a step up into the world of research. Their skills on the board are now skills needed for extensive information gathering and presentation, which will serve them well in later education and professionally.

To be college ready, keyboard literacy is amplified to writing over “extended and short time frames.” It’s writing in all forms. It’s peak adulthood.

Once you’ve graduated college, you’ve also graduated the keyboard!

But that’s not the end of it.

You still have…work!

Cue the gasp.

Happy typing!

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Typesy Added Feature: Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map Report

Progress reports are essential to first-time typing trainees. They are able to know at what level their skills start and see them develop as they continue their practice. An example would be regularly monitoring improvement in words-per-minute or accuracy levels. Some also have a fun time checking if they have won badges and special points in games and challenges.

Users of Typesy are able to do all these through the Statistics Tab in the program. The software offers a variety of progress reports. Touch Typing Trainees are able to see reports on their Typing Competency levels, Typing Speed in words-per-minute, Typing Accuracy levels, daily Training Time, and Training Focus.

Typesy has developed a new addition to the Statistics Tab, however, with the Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map Report. This latest feature shows users their keyboard knowledge, which is similar to the base keyboard coverage calculation in the typing competency metric. Each key will be colored according to the user’s level of knowledge, with red for low knowledge, green for high knowledge, and orange and yellow for average knowledge.

To access the Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map Report, simply click on the Statistics tab at the center of your home screen. You will automatically see the report or you may opt to switch it by clicking the drop down button.

The Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map Report is especially nifty for courses on Typesy. The Beginner Course of its Classic Curriculum has the user relearn each row of the keyboard, starting with the home row and ending with the shift keys. More so with the Interactive Curriculum, which has in-depth lessons on specific groups of letter, number, and symbol keys.

Typing trainees and even enthusiasts will come to enjoy the Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map Report. Aside from its usefulness, it also acts like a visual trophy of their typing achievements. Watch the colors of your keyboard brighten up in every practice session with Typesy’s brand-new Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map Report.

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Typing and Common Core – Is It Applicable To Schools Only?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics and English language arts (ELA) were established in 2010 to ensure that students are educated with high-quality academic standards in the high school level. With the CCSS, graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in college, work, and life. However, despite the long-term benefits these standards offer, many parents and educators remain hostile toward the CCSS. They believe that the CCSS’s inflexible approaches constrict their amount of teaching freedom, especially for those in the homeschool sector.

A noted issue for homeschooling parents and children is that the CCSS curriculum is strictly classroom-based. Its detractors attest that since the CCSS was conceptualized to guide students into a “unified national learning path”, it’ll be easier to implement it in traditional school environments for close monitoring. The goal for more restricted testing also makes homeschoolers feel like it will be difficult for them to catch up. As a result, many parents are pressured to extract their children from homeschool education.

This is merely a misconception, however. The CCSS has been known to be striving towards integrating their lessons and units with the latest cutting-edge technology and tools. This includes the many paid and free touch typing programs available online. With numerous colleges and professions acknowledging the importance of expert typing as a skill, the CCSS has successfully partnered with a number of touch typing training programs to effectively hit two birds with one stone. This is especially useful for homeschools, as students will be able to learn the same lessons as their peers in traditional schools at the pace and in the style that they prefer.

A touch typing software that offers a Homeschool Edition is Typesy. All the typing lessons in its program are mandated by the Common Core. Parents and children will find it super convenient that they can receive standard education that both can agree on. Learners acquire keyboard skills while incorporating other subjects as well, as Typesy’s exercise activities often feature literary classics. Thus, assignments, tests, and homeschooling in general are easy and manageable, while also in-tune with the Common Core Standards.

As much as they try to run from it, parents and educators have to be aware that the influence of the CCSS has and will continue to increase in the coming years. Forty-five states have already adopted it and they are essential in taking the SAT/ACT tests, so it’ll be more convenient for them and their children to embrace the Common Core instead. The Common Core State Standards were implemented with the students’ best interest in mind. Hopefully, a computer-based typing education will help critics ease into this concept sooner or later.

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Typesy Games: Let’s Have FUN While Learning

Typesy was launched to help people of all comfort levels with typing learn how to use an essential everyday task, and part of our work is making typing fun and accessible so anyone can learn. Read below for descriptions of the games that make our program unique!

Typing Fun

Learning to type means enjoying the experience, in our opinion. These games will help you develop that appreciation.

Clumsy Bird Typing: A small bird is trying to fly through the city. Type words to keep her afloat as she travels to her destination.

Jimbo Jump: Jimbo is stuck on the bottom floor of a haunted building. As you type the words on the screen, Jimbo will jump up, either to avoid the ghosts or to reach the next floor.

Type and Rock: Type words to help crowds of people find a nearby rock concert, but make sure to avoid disturbing any of the people doing homework.

Submarine Dash: Type words to keep a submarine afloat and gather coins, but be careful to avoid the rocky obstacles!

Sea Friends: A group of octopi got separated and need your help to find each other again.

Type Man: This game pairs speed and spatial awareness as you help Type Man navigate around the board without getting munched by ghosts.

Accuracy Building Games

These games reward accuracy, and will help you progress quickly through your touch typing training.

Falling Words: You get five chances to type the words before they hit the bottom of the screen.

Rising Words: Earn success points by eliminating words before they reach the top of the screen. If they hit the top, the game is over.

Focus: Letters will move across the screen, and it’s your job to eliminate them by typing them as they pass under the red X.

Sinking Words: Type the words before they hit the red line at the bottom of the screen or the red line will advance upward!

Speed Boosting Games

These games might be a bit overwhelming when you first start out, but they’ll help you get faster and faster.

Speed Builder: You have a set amount of time to type as many words as possible for a higher score.

Letter Train: Type the words as they move across the screen!

Letter Train II: Like Letter Train, but users type nonsense phrases including punctuation to practice more practical typing skills.

Keyboard Skills

These games combine the accuracy, speed, and fun of the previous games to offer you a holistic approach to touch typing and the development of muscle memory.

Quick Trainer: Type words as you see them and earn points; mess up and lose points!

Key React: Click the letters as they light up to practice your memory of keyboard layout.

Key Memory: Letters flash in a pattern on the screen. It’s your job to remember which letters they were, and to type them in the correct order.

Catch: When the little green balls meet on a square, you have to click the square on your keyboard to “catch” them.

What’s Coming Up

Typesy is always adding new games and ways to learn so typists can practice in ways that suit their learning styles. We hope you enjoy yourself with these games, and that you look forward to the next releases!

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