Earlier this year, I wrote about Typing Practice and shared a site, Typing Web, to use with students who need to improve their typing skills and in classes where you might want to track student progress. As great as the site is, it is not very engaging and would not be appropriate for all ages, so I found another resource from the BBC that would be perfect for younger students. It’s called Dance Mat Typing.
Dance Mat Typing is divided into four levels with three stages each. It has some crazy characters that lead you through the basics of keyboarding, such as the home row keys, all the way through to more advanced levels, including punctuation and shift keys. The characters are entertaining, everything is colorful, the directions are clear, and the pace is good. While students are on the site, their progress is tracked along the bottom of the screen, so they can see how far they have progressed through a level. Unfortunately, progress is not saved from one visit to the next, but students can easily complete a level in one sitting. For a free activity that does not require any type of registration, it is exceptionally well put together.
This game scores only two out of five stars in quality and learning on Common Sense Media, but you can read their review for more information. Every situation is different, and you never know what will work out best until you try it with your students. Let me know what you think!