How I Use It
I use tap typing free version to calibrate students keyboarding on their iPads and to compare to other keyboarding instruction available on our PCs. I also assign a few exercises, but mostly encourage students to do practice on their own. Most students naturally continue exercises and tests to better their speed and accuracy.
Tap Typing includes the basic elements necessary to encourage students to move beyond typical hunt-and-peck mobile keyboarding to relevant, more efficient keyboarding habits. Challenges students to use keyboards on mobile devices more effectively. There is limited re-enforcement to help students use auto correct or auto fill options common to mobile devices which is a significant need for 21st century skills.
There are entry level and more advanced practice exercises available. The scoreboard is a challenge motivator for some students and perhaps an excuse for discouragement or non-engagement for others.
There is no reason to write off mobile keyboarding as inefficient and a poor choice for writing projects when apps like this are available.