Typing Practice: For Young Learners

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!

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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2 Responses to Typing Practice: For Young Learners

  1. Walton says:

    Free Typing Games is another fun one for practice. Lots of choices of video-game like action as students type words. I like that you can focus on which letters, fingers, hands, or rows you want to emphasize as you play.

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