The ability to type faster than you can write by hand is more important today than ever. I remember as an elementary teacher and later an elementary computer lab teacher / technology integration facilitator using the commercial program Type To Learn from Sunburst Technology, to help students learn better keyboarding skills. Now, however, more FREE options for helping students learn “home row” are available than ever.

Today I learned about TypeFaster Typing Tutor (a free, open-source typing program available for Windows) as well as Dance Mat Typing from the BBC, which is also free but web-based.

What are the best tools you use with students, your own children or others (including for your own skill development) to better keyboard?

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3 Responses to Tools to improve keyboarding skills

  1. More Keyboarding Links…

    I have discovered some more keyboarding programmes for you to try. You could even use keyboarding practice as a homework task!
    Today I learned about TypeFaster Typing Tutor (a free, open-source typing program available for Windows) as well as Dance Mat…

  2. Beth says:

    Came by to look at your screencasts for a primer I’m building on screencasting and saw your post.
    Thought you’d enjoy this
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/15557565/

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