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Teaching Kids How to Type Primary with Game Based Learning

Welcome to Typing Games Zone: Keyboarding teaching resources for primary school teachers. We believe that learning a new skill can be boosted by playing a motivating game. Our primary mission is to offer both fun and effective way to improve keyboarding and spelling skills by playing online. Various game genres (action, shooter, platformer, logic, racing etc.) motivate the whole classroom to develop their typing speed and accuracy. The students will learn both hand eye coordination and muscle memory, two most important elements of touch-typing method.

How to make keyboarding fun?

Free Keyboard Learning site has proven to be effective for learning how to quickly pick up a new skill. Students are challenged more and more at just the right times and rewarded upon completion. The idea of completing a challenge in exchange for a reward whether it is a certificate of completion or a name on the high score list is often enough to make the good experience for students. An excellent way to make typing lessons more fun is to turn each keyboarding lesson into a game by encouraging your students to type as fast as possible. A keyboarding game site helps students to practice their keyboarding skills by challenging them to work harder to reach each goal. A wpm test game (typing words) should be age appropriate and attainable for students based on their ability. For younger kids, try setting a timer for a period of 30 seconds and make the goal small so it is easy to accomplish. For older children you can make the time period of the test to be at least a minute long. They key to encouraging students to participate is to offer positive feedback and give them several chances to try to beat their highest wpm.

How to engage students to learn to type?

In our primary education game website children focus to learn how to read and write. In addition to these core skills our keyboarding site also pay attention to teach essential spelling and touch-typing skills with the most modern and engaging methods. Our educative website was originally designed for primary school K12 kids, but we also have some exciting keyboarding games for adults and even smaller k1/k2 kids. Learning for k1/K2 kids is categorized in a tablet compatible keyboard game selection where kids learn the very basics such as key positions first before starting to write actual words. For adults we highly recommend TypingAttack and our fun Nitro Typing Racer Game, where you practice to write most common english words and learn spelling. Racing car player controls both the speed and direction of the race car (and don't forget to jump time to time, to launch nitro type spacebar any time when there is a car front of you).

What is multiplayer game that two players or my class can play at same time?

Our website has several multiplayer educational game apps that kids can play together, even the whole class can join one game room at once. There is also TypingTwins Adventure that allows two kids to play multiuser with one keyboard. If your school has the interactive classroom display we recommend to check out popular Frog Pond Patrol K-5 version from our Educational Tablet section.

Why do kids need to learn to type early?

Kids start to play with mobile phones, laptops and tablets at the age of 3-5. Soon after that they will start real keyboarding at elementary / primary school and typewriting for leisure. If they are not taught properly in the beginning, they usually start using a two-finger system which can be very difficult to change later.

When kids should start to learn to touch-type?

Touch-typing is a basic skill that simply needs both time and a lot of practice. When kids start learning keys early they have a better chance of building higher typewriting speed and accuracy. They can start learning keyboarding as early as the first grade, but their hands may be too small until they are 7 or 8 years old.

The process of learning how to write differs across the classroom. Some students learn visually, others auditory, but most will learn faster if keyboard training is in the form of a game. In fact, the results of over 60 different studies have shown that student's achievement increases by 20% when playing educational game. Our free keyboarding games help break down the barrier between different types of learners.

Keyboarding is a core skill for all students to learn. Why not let the kids have fun typing together? This was the idea for the development of this free typing website. Our multiple innovative game apps will help kids to learn how to become effective keyboarders. Each game that has choosen keys menu can be tailored to meet their individual needs.

How to make a fun keyboard training lesson plan?

Advancing keyboarding skills is at the heart of many teachers. They want to see their kids typewrite quickly just as bad as each kid wants to be the fastest typist. Each game associated with our typing web site provides a different interface, theme or strategy to be utilized when participating. Some videogames feature different levels from easy to hard. The differentiation between each level can help give students a goal to strive for. This keeps the kids interested and focused on the task at hand.

Learning the entire keyboard can often be difficult. Fingers that are being used for typewriting should be limited into very few in the begin. Our game site offers the ability to learn different portions of the keyboard at once. Home row, extended home row, upper row, all letters, a combination of letters and numbers and 10-key options headline the different courses of action for the individual. This can benefit the teachers in the sense of a true lesson plan. Teacher can ask everyone to start with home row keys only (with our Dance Mat Typing Game and TypingGalaxy) and then progress slowly to all letters on the keyboard with Key Man and Key Tower. Only after each key has first been trained separately, it's a good time to start to type words by playing TypingRace and TypingAttack. This kind of "bottom to up" learning process supports all kids.

The development of various free keyboarding web sites (TypeTastic, BBC Dance Mat Typing, TypingMaster, TypingTrainer, TypingMagic, TypingQuest, TypingWeb, etc.) has made some incredible progress in recent history. Students have been able to benefit from the new innovations and teachers have gotten useful tools to promote valuable keyboarding skills. Nowadays typing practice lessons can be more fun than ever in history! Now you can arrange a short summer keyboarding camp every day.

What are the primary advantages of keyboarding skills for kids?

  • When learning properly, the fingers will develop the muscle memory
  • Kids' hand-eye coordination gets better
  • Alternative method for students having issues with handwriting
  • Kids can focus better on what they want to type and produce better text.
  • Both increasing speed and accuracy.
  • Health benefits later on
  • Kids learn also spelling words and vocabulary
  • Kids learn to pay attention skills
  • They can have a real-time chat with friends
  • By training even young children can type up to 30 WPM
  • Better work opportunities when kids are adults.

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