By Michelle Eckstein
To help my K-5 students take advantage of the latest educational technology and to set them up for success in their lives after school, one of the fundamental skills I teach is typing. Earlier this year, I was looking for activities that would help my youngest students practice mouse skills and develop familiarity with the keyboard. That’s when I discovered TypeTastic, which has a scope and sequence that aligned well with what I wanted to teach my K–2 students. Continue reading Typing is the Key that Unlocks Educational Technology
TypeTastic is a fun (and free!) tool that is revolutionizing the way children learn to type. Parents enjoy interacting with their child at home with TypeTastic as much as the child has fun doing it. As a matter of fact, parents may even want to play the games themselves! Want to learn more about playing while keyboarding and hear from real-live parents who use this fun tool? Well, read on. Continue reading Parents and Children Play TypeTastic Together
We’ve all heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well, students can’t be expected to become typing masters in a day, either! We all need time, practice, and a little guidance in order to learn how to do new things.
When we turn the keyboard into an exciting world of fruit, islands, or even the cosmos, it’s easy for students to have a blast while learning! With TypeTastic’s All Fingers Aboard, kids can get to know the basics while expanding on the essential fine motor skills they need for touch typing. For middle and high school students Motor Skills does the same trick.
Continue reading All Fingers Aboard Gets Those Fingers Moving!
By Bethany Nill
Get this: keyboarding helps students learn the alphabet! As a technology teacher, I see roughly 500 K-5 students for 40 minutes a week. While kids may be a wiz on a tablet or a touchscreen device, I’ve discovered many of them have never used a keyboard or managed a mouse. So that’s where I start. Continue reading Want a Keyboarding Curriculum that Works? Here You Go!
It’s holiday time again!
This holiday season, what we’re most thankful for is all of you, the hard work you do with your students every day, and your enthusiasm for TypeTastic!
Continue reading Happy Holidays from the TypeTastic Team! A gift for you!
By Kelly Rotzinger
Gone are the days when you could graduate without knowing how to type! Today’s students are constantly being asked to type reports and essays in school. The question then becomes, when should students learn to type?
As a kindergarten teacher, my answer to this question is “as early as possible!” While some people may think keyboarding is too advanced for children of this age, my students have proven again and again that they are more than up to the task. Continue reading TypeTastic: The Amazing Tool that Teaches Kindergartners to Type!
Educators around the world are excited about TypeTastic, and are finding creative ways to include it into all sorts of lessons with lots of different students—and they are sharing their experiences on their blogs! So, if you’re an educator wondering whether TypeTastic will work in your classroom, then check out these amazing recommendations from a trio of teacher bloggers who absolutely love TypeTastic! Continue reading Teachers Share Why They Love TypeTastic!
We’ve put together two exciting games that neatly continue My Keyboard Adventure learning path. The first three games are all about mapping out the keyboard, and now it’s time to hop on the keys and start typing! Continue reading More pedagogics of My Keyboard Adventure: Hop onto the Keys
Our mission is to bring TypeTastic available for everyone. That’s why TypeTastic.com is completely free with COPPA compliant ads. Kids can just go to the site and start practicing right away!
However, we also know that many of you teachers would prefer to go ad-free and to serve the needs of our TypeTastic community better, we are now happy to tell you that all the 700+ levels are available at TypeTastic.com without ads.
Ready for the most exciting part? Teachers can now sign up to use all the Ad-Free activities free of charge! Totally, completely free, there’s no catch.
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Coming up: A full featured School Edition
This Ad-free Edition is just the first step on our journey to eventually provide a full featured School Edition with all the bells and whistles that the teachers are looking for. During the next 12 months, a set of major upgrades will take place as we will be rolling out a bunch of exciting, advanced features like logging in, customization, tracking, reporting, and a lot of new study materials.
The opportunities to develop our School Edition are endless! That’s why we invite you, teachers, to participate in this exciting developing process. Give us feedback, let us know the features you’d like to see in it, and we’ll listen. We’ll set your students for success and provide them with life-long typing skills together. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about all this, so let us know what you’d like to see in TypeTastic School Edition. Send us feedback by commenting this blog post, connect with us on Twitter or Facebook, or reach us at email@example.com.
Playing TypeTastic games and moving up the levels is a lot of fun. In fact, it’s so exciting that the students don’t realize that they’re actually on a carefully crafted learning path where each step has a clear, pedagogical goal. Eventually, the path, consisting of multiple steps, leads to fluent typing. This post will focus on the first three games where kids learn how to map out the keyboard.
Kids see the keyboard very differently from adults, and for them, it’s a bunch of random characters. This is why we focus on mapping the keyboard first. It helps the kids to make sense of it and effectively find and memorize where the keys are. Now let’s take a closer look at it; we’ve built three games as stepping stones to hit the first goal. Continue reading The pedagogics of My Keyboard Adventure: Mapping out the keyboard