The New TypeTastic Combines Fun and Games with District-Level Management

What could be better than classrooms full of students playing their way to typing mastery? How about entire schools and districts playing their way to typing mastery! Two million users play TypeTastic games each month, and now we’ll bring students, teachers, and administrators together with powerful new tools that turn TypeTastic into a truly district-wide solution.

In our latest update, we’ve added an administrator dashboard that empowers leaders of districts or other large education organizations to manage several schools from one easy-to-use interface. We’ve also partnered with Clever to provide single sign-on (SSO) and simplified rostering. For districts that don’t use Clever, we’ve added CSV importing so that leaders can still upload students en masse.

We’re not done yet, though! Throughout the spring, we’ll be adding even more updates: We’ll be adding new reports to make the administrator dashboard even more powerful. We will also be partnering with Google SSO, Google Classroom and ClassLink to add even more single sign-on options!

As our co-founder, Petteri Väliaho put it, “For years, classroom teachers have been harnessing the power of TypeTastic to help students play their way to mastery of keyboarding, a foundational 21st-century skill. We’re excited to release the newest version with powerful administration tools to help leaders of large education organizations unleash the power of typing throughout their districts.”

We’re not the only ones who are excited about the new TypeTastic—early users are loving it, too! According to Zee Ann Poerio, who teaches at St. Louise de Marillac School in Pittsburgh, PA, “Everything on TypeTastic is a WINNER with my students. This has made a huge difference with my students’ typing skills!”

Check out the newest version of TypeTastic today and get your whole district on the playful path to keyboarding mastery!

How Engagement in Typing Instruction Opens Doors to Tech

By Dr. Wendy Thompson

Keyboarding is an essential office skill but, as I wrote in a previous blog, for my students with special needs, it also opens doors to communication with other people. I’ve found that for my students, developing typing skills through engaging keyboarding practice can be a conduit to expanded use of technology, along with greater academic opportunities and achievement.

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Variety is the Key to Teaching 21st-Century Skills

By Alan Gielen

Like most people, I enjoy some variety in life. A large reason I switched from teaching biology to being a technology teacher is because the latter allows me to teach a range of subjects, topics, and grades. My students like variety, too, so I make sure we cover disparate topics and skills within the confines of standards and curricular requirements.

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Why Typing and Mousing Are Essential for a Tech-Rich Education

By Demetra Adams

As the computer science and technology teacher, it’s my responsibility to ensure each of our students is prepared to use the devices that will be available to them throughout their academic careers at Collins-Rhoades Elementary School. Our students have access to desktops, laptops, and iPads. In grades K–5, they use each nearly every day, so there’s a lot to learn from day one.

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4 Tips for Incorporating Keyboarding into Any Classroom

How common are keyboarding classes in American schools?

That’s a difficult question to answer, as there don’t seem to be any surveys or other research looking into the question—and many schools fold typing instruction into other classes such as computer science, digital literacy, or business. And yet, more and more children are expected to know how to type. The Common Core State Standards, for example, require that students in 4th grade be able “to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.” By 6th grade, that requirement increases to three pages in a sitting.

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Teaching Early Elementary Tech with Games and Creativity

By Helen Xiong

In a 1:1 computing district, it’s important to make sure students begin developing solid computing skills, from the nuts and bolts of typing to the more abstract concepts of digital safety, from the time they start their educational careers. One of my favorite ways to keep my students engaged and motivated is by incorporating games and creativity into the classroom whenever and wherever I can.

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4 Skills that K–5 Students Need for the Careers of the Future

By Kelsey Irizarry

According to a report from Institute for the Future, 85% of the jobs our current students will have in 2030 don’t exist yet. How are we, as teachers, supposed to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet? I address this question as a K–5 Media Specialist by focusing on four skills that prepare my students not just for middle school, but for their future careers.

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TypeTastic School Edition Spring Update Is Packed With 280+ New Activities

The latest TypeTastic School Edition update is now out with a significant change in the study material. Based on your feedback we have made it easier to understand which units you should assign for each grade level. We added more than 280 new activities for middle & high schools and students will now be taken to a specific theme based on the grade level.

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