Before school lets out is a great time to get your kids practicing typing skills. As a minimum, give them a couple of these sites to practice over the summer! Great way to kill time and learn/enhance a skill they will need now and in the future!
Keyboarding is referenced (often) in Common Core standards. For instance, keyboarding is called out in:
W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting. W.4.6. W.5.6. are similar - one page (4th) , and two pages (5th) in a single sitting.
I pulled the above from Qwertytown.com (yes, I double checked the standards directly). Several people responding to our original post have made many positive comments about qwertytown, and it continues to be a top recommendation. It's not free, but there is a free trial available.
Here are several other excellent keyboarding resources to consider:
Typing Web - Programs to learn typing (free registration to save progress) - at my prior school, this was the favorite. Good practice, and the progress tracking is really nice.
Key Hero Typing Test - No log on required but you CAN do so to save work.
Dance Mat typing -Good for all ages! This is one of the most 'fun' for students and consistently mentioned by many.
Typing tests - can be customized from simple to hard.
E-learning for kids - Fun games!
Fix the Keyboard - Good game for learning key location. In general, ABCya.com has several keyboard practice games for grades K-5 that look fun and engaging; need to hunt around a bit but they are there.
Here are two other recommended resources:
Typing Club is an easy to use Google Chrome app. Teachers are able to track the students' progress in terms of accuracy and speed.
Slimekids.com - mentioned by a few of our readers as a fun way to learn typing skills.
What do YOU use or recommend for either web-based or tablet keyboarding/typing apps? Please comment!