How To Type: Great Online Resources for Kids and Keyboarding Skills
Zia’s grandparents sent her an old laptop computer. She’s thrilled. However, I keep on urging her to email any number of friends or family members and she continues to resist me. Can you blame her? I wouldn’t want to write to people if I had to finger poke my way through the message.
Thus, I’ve done a search for some free online typing tutorials and games. We’ll see if this works!
A quick note – there is some discussion as to whether you should use the standard QWERTY keyboard or the simplified DVORAK keyboard. Many believe that using DVORAK is easier and quicker than QWERTY. Alas, alack. Zia’s laptop has a QWERTY keyboard, so that’s what we’ll be focusing on.
LEARN THE KEYS:
The BBC always comes through with great, free, online learning games for kids.
Once you can get into the lessons, they’re useful. You just need to skip the main intro (the spaceship lands and the kid looks at the alien and names it “Blob”). There’s another introduction that acclimates you to the icon and menu bar. It’s helpful. In the future, though, just hit the icon bar and click, “next” to move into the spaceship. Once you’re in the spaceship, follow the link to “Type E-Chi Workshop (Lessons)” to begin.
This seems better for adults and drills, but there are a few games. Once your child has mastered the placement of keys, come here and click on the “Games” tab.
There seem to be a number of fun games for the kids. Again, learn the placement of the keys before playing these.
Do you have any other sites or games that helped your child learn to type? List ‘em in the comments.