Teacher Review For Dance Mat Typing

Dance Mat only makes me want to tap my feet

Robert C.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I used it with the lower grades. The students used it to practice proper finger placement and keyboard/letter recognition. While they seemed to enjoy it, the over the top characters caused a lot of giggles that was a bit distracting. The students have a tough time focusing on the lessons when they realize that pressing the wrong key makes funny sounds. The breakdown of the lessons was well planned and paced.
My Take
As a teaching tool I think this is a good entry level typing program that is free and web based. It would be nice if students were able to switch to "normal" characters for the different student populations.