Are you trying to figure out which typing game to use in your classroom? TypingClub and Typing.com (previously called TypingWeb) are both great options for engaging your students and tracking student data -- but which typing tool should you choose? Well, it really depends on your needs. We've identified the most important categories to compare. Scroll down for details!
Price: Free and Pro school editions; the Pro edition starts at $96.60 per year for 30 students.
Platform: Any device with a web browser; iPad app and Chrome app.
Recommended grades: 3–12
Price: Free; ads can be removed for a one-time charge of $14.99.
Platform: Any device with a web browser.
TypingClub has the edge on lesson customization, the ability to assign specific lessons to individual students, and Google Classroom integration. If themed student dashboards are a draw, then Typing.com is also a solid choice.
1. Student Experience
TypingClub and Typing.com both provide instant feedback as well as summarized speed and accuracy assessments at the end of each lesson. With both tools, students also get motivational badges for reaching certain milestones. The free versions of both TypingClub and Typing.com are ad-supported; however, it's more of a problem with Typing.com -- the ads are prominent and distracting. Typing.com does let students personalize their dashboards with a choice of eight themed "skins," but the ads are a definite drawback. TypingClub's clean user experience -- even with ads -- wins out.
2. Lesson Customization
TypingClub allows teachers to customize lessons or create their own lessons and tests from scratch. Teachers also can assign specific lessons to individual students who need more practice or assign more advanced lessons to students with more experience. With Typing.com, however, there's no way to assign custom lessons to students; teachers can review lessons to ensure the content fits into their lesson plans, but there's little customization available. Although Typing.com does personalize each student's experience by creating lessons based on the student's most troublesome letters, teachers can't send assignments to students through the site.
3. Student Feedback
TypingClub and Typing.com both provide instant feedback to students while they're typing, showing exactly where they make mistakes (TypingClub also gives a typing speed for each section of typing). Students get a lot of statistics about their typing skills after each lesson, including words per minute, accuracy percentages, and star ratings. Additionally, a class scoreboard ranks students, which may motivate them to finish each exercise, and both tools offer completion certificates to reward students for reaching predefined goals. Overall, we'd say the tools rank about the same in this category.
Winner: It's a tie.
4. Student Data Tracking
With both TypingClub and Typing.com, teachers can access all the same data that students see, and they can monitor students' real-time and overall progress. Both tools allow teachers to view reports based on lesson or test performance or use a real-time monitoring option to see how many lessons kids have completed. Additionally, TypingClub records and allows teachers to replay all of their students' activities much like a video playback. But overall, we'd say the tools are on par in this category as well.
Winner: It's a tie.
5. Special Features
TypingClub and Typing.com both integrate with Clever to help teachers import their student rosters, but TypingClub also boasts integration with Google Classroom.