Common Sense Review
Updated October 2015

Nitro Type

Customizable multiplayer auto races rev up basic typing practice
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Players buy cars and organize their garages.
  • Typists trade in nitros earned in races for cash.
  • Typing speed and accuracy win the race.
  • Set up racing teams and compete against friends.
The ability to upgrade vehicles and the multiplayer functionality add a fun dimension to typing practice.
Limited to practice, and ads can be intrusive in school settings.
Bottom Line
Nitro Type is ultra engaging, but teachers need to prep students' typing skills first.
Caryn Swark
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The racing game itself involves simple typing practice, but Nitro Type's customization options will keep kids coming back for more.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Nitro Type works best for typing practice only. No lessons are provided, nor are kids reminded about ten-finger typing, but the emphasis on accuracy encourages proper technique.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Kids who want to improve their typing skills will find good practice sessions here, but those just learning to type won't find much in the way of instruction or support.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers probably won't want to use Nitro Type to teach typing, as it contains no lessons. However, once students have mastered the "home row" basics, it could provide incentive for them to continue to practice and build their words-per-minute. Teachers should be careful to monitor students and ensure they are using proper techniques as well as exhibiting good sportsmanship. Within those restraints, kids could have a lot of fun holding a classroom Grand Prix and even tracking winners and increased skills over time.

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What's It Like?

Nitro Type is a multiplayer car racing game where typing speed and accuracy are the keys to victory. Players start the game with a basic vehicle matched up with other players on a race track. As the race begins, racers type words they see on the screen to make their cars accelerate. The fastest -- and, more important, the most accurate -- typist wins the race. Accurate typing earns you boosts that allow you to accelerate faster, encouraging an emphasis on proper typing. Players earn nitros and cash for winning races, which they can use to buy new cars. Teachers can create teams, allowing students to race against one another and team up in partnerships. Chat functions and user posts are monitored to protect privacy. However, those who don't have the optional $9.99 lifetime membership should be prepared to navigate dozens of annoying ads.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Nitro Type will definitely engage kids in typing practice more than the more traditional, single-player typing trainers. Kids will particularly enjoy practicing typing with their friends in the multiplayer mode. It's a great way to brush up on skills and add some flavor to a lesson, but teachers should keep in mind that it doesn't teach typing in any way. Nor does it offer suggestions on how to improve. It will definitely motivate kids with existing basic skills, but won't offer the pacing and instruction beginners may need. 

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