Writing is a critical 21st Century Skill and today, we have powerful
tools to help us write. While texting interfaces and
predictive word technology are great, they have their
limitations. Being able to comfortably, confidently and
competently write with a keyboard is a valuable skill. The
QWERTY keyboarding, the key arrangement sold with almost all
computers in the U.S., is not obsolete.
It will be with us for a long time to come.
Technology has existed for decades that will transcribe
speech-to-text, but these digital tools are rarely used.
The English language is complex and is not written the way it is
spoken. More importantly, even if I can talk and have it
transcribed to text, it is not ready to read.
Writing is a process of editing and revising.
The problem with speech-to-text is that we still have to edit
and revise speech-to-text for clarity and readability. To
efficiently do this, we need to be able to key our revisions.
The good news is: we can all learn to key and not have to
hunt-and-peck for each letter of each word in each sentence,
paragraph, and document we write.
This "keyboard tune-up" is designed to connect
my students with the best keyboarding tutorials and keying games
online. Everything here is FREE! Invest 15-20
minutes each day reviewing keyboard fingerings and the touch
Once you learn to use "home row" and the
"touch method", then you can choose fun keying games to build
those skills. Keying games let you build skills
letter-by-letter, word-by-word, and then working with "chunks"
of text. As you get faster and more-accurate, you will be
amazed at how easy this becomes!
Why learn to key? Please watch
this short video to find out.
If you carefully practice correctly: sitting
up straight, feet flat on the floor(yes! it makes a
difference),fingers slightly curved,wrists
flat and off the table/desk, and fingertips on each hand resting
lightly on "home row"(asdf jkl;) you too can learn the "touch
method" and become an comfortable, accurate keyboarder.
Each of the links below contain a set of
keyboarding lessons that break this valuable skill down into
manageable chunks -- keep track of which sites and which of
their lessons you master. You can complete an entire
keyboarding review in a couple of weeks and you will feel the
difference -- and it feels great!
Dance Mat Typing. A quirky animated
course by British Broadcasting Corporation -- if you enjoy
talking goats and a playful interface, you will like this.
E-Learning for Kids.
This site has a space theme that makes it fun for kids to
practice their keyboarding skills. Games can be unlocked as
typists move on to higher levels.
Free Typing Game. This site has a free
set of interactive activities to learn the "touch method" of
keying. Learning to type has never been easier.
Glencoe's Online Keyboarding. These are
the folks that wrote the book -- typing books for
generations of keyers. These lessons will carefully help you
review and build skills.
GoodTyping. Learn how to type
correctly in just a few hours using all your fingers
Keyboard Tutorial & Typing Test. Great
site to review or learn keying. When you are ready, there is
a section to practice composing at the keyboard and then
practicing your text.
Laptop Typing Tutorial. This web links
to a complete set of tutorials, drills, games, lessons, and
diagrams to improve typing skills.
Learn 2 Type. A complete tutorial that
begins by demonstrating hand position & technique. Not sure
where to start? Use theirtimed
typing teststo see how ready you are.
While not required, you can create an account to help you
keep track of your progress each time you log-in.
Learn Keyboard Typing. Great site -- 13
online lessons -- you will move through them quickly. This
site is great for a typing "tune-up".
Learn to Type at the Speed of Thought! Here's
a valuable site that tutors you to key as fast as you
imagine the text you want to write. This is a more
authentic skill than typing drills from straight-copy.
Learn to Type Online. This course has 5
lessons to introduce keys -- maybe too fast for a beginner
(but maybe not). This site is a great review for those
needed a "tune-up".
26 Words vs 60 Seconds: Can you think of and then type
26 words that starts with each letter of the alphabet within
60 seconds? Get extra bonus if you finish before the time
is up. Words must be at least 3 letters long.
30 Second Alphabet: The goal is to type as many letter
characters as you can in 30 seconds!
A-B-C Jumpers: Falling manikins must not be broken up!
You must help them to use a parachute by pressing the
correct letter on your keyboard.
ABCya.com: Imagine that
your keyboard fell apart and you had to put all the keys
back in their correct places
Keyboard Simon: Remember a sequence of keystrokes and
then reproduce them when the time comes. You start with a
(dimmed) layout of the keyboard. A sequence of keys will
flash, starting simply with just one letter and then
building from there.
Learn2Type: Free online
typing lessons and free typing tests
Letter Launch: Help get the letters to safety in this
strategy typing game that will test your timing, typing and
Letter Cruncher: Test your dexterity with this follow
up to Number Cruncher. This time you use the QWERTY keyboard
to strike the keys as they appear.
Letter Zap!: Just start it
up and press the letter on your keyboard. You get 1 point
when you zap a letter.
Lightning Typing: Strike down the approaching mice with
lightning by typing the words they are carrying along with
them. If you take too long to type the word, the mice will
reach your stack of blocks and destroy them.
[A] Start On Typing: NASA
presents this color coded diagram to show where each hand
should go on the keyboard. After placing fingers on the home
row, play the Sign Here game.
Sunrise Typer: type fast and accurately to lift the sun
into the sky. 10 levels of increasing difficulty improves
your typing and concentration skills while treating you to a
beautiful sunrise over striking landscapes as you progress.
Super Hyper Spider Typer:
Hungry lizards with words on their backs are after Berry the
hairy spider! Save Berry from these colorful, wacky
creatures by typing words quickly.
Tarantuloid Typing Terror: A shooter game designed to
test and improve your touch typing skills. Key the letters
on the spiders before they get you.
TerminaCore: Enter the virtual reality. Defend the
virtual core by destroy the incoming malwares. Type the
malware word attribute to destroy them.
Trick or Type: Halloween-themed fun. The ghosts want
candy. Key words to drop treats into their bag.
Toodle: Use your keyboard to type in the sentences
Type It II: A 3-in-1 typing game with different typing
options for maximum play value. Play “Scroll” mode to type
the letters before they leave the screen, “Quick Draw” for
typing the letters as soon as they appear, and “Words” for
typing complete words.
Type from A to Z. : How fast can you type the
alphabet? The fastest time so far is 2.051 seconds! Can
you beat this?
Typemare: Run as fast as you can in the game!!!! Or
else the hand will catch you!!! Tap continuously and move
fast!! Do not allow the hand to come even near you. Run
Winter Typing. Can you key the words
on each snowflake before they hit the ground.
Wizard's Notebook. Solve the visual
riddles by typing in words and watch as they transform into
what the word describes. For example, the word "water" will
act as if it were water. Use this technique to reach the
star of each level and save the princess!
Wizard Typing. Use the keyboard to
type the letters on the falling rocks after the volcano's
eruption. Don't let the rocks destroy the 4 Crystals you are
Word Mountain. Journey across the land
climbing the highest mountains in the world. In this
universe, you climb by typing words.
Word Wise Jetsetter. An international
multicultural language game. Type the words as they appear
on the bottom of the screen. If nodes are falling from
above, then you must only press the key when they touch the
corresponding letter below.
Words Trap. Train for typing choosing
your words to escape the trap faster! You will have to type
the words before they reach the top of the tunnel, but you
won’t escape if you don’t use the failures of this trap
Z-Type. Type the words that are
falling from the top of the screen. When you have correctly
typed a word a laser shoots it.
Zombie Typocalypse. They're coming for
you! Destroy the zombies by keying the words that appear.