I’ve found that my kids learn quite a lot of keyboarding skills just by using the computer a lot, but I do want to be sure that they are not at a disadvantage by not being able to keyboard at the same speed as their peers (perhaps I am more self-conscious because I never took typing???). Originally, I invested in some expensive typing programs, but I actually found that my kids preferred the free ones that we found online. Here are few free online typing programs that we have enjoyed using:
- BBC’s Dance Mat Typing is a cute program that seems most appropriate for younger kids (5th grade and younger???) . It doesn’t go into too much depth, but will teach the fundamentals.
- FreeTypingGames.net has some cute games that will fine tune skills
- The Keyboard Playground offer free games that can help to refine skills
- Tux4Kids offers free downloadable educational software. Tux Typing has been our favorite typing program. It is a fun and teaches fairly advanced typing skills.
Do you know of any other programs that are good?