Typesy

Full typing curriculum has quality lessons; extras come up a bit short

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Grades

3–12

Subjects & Skills

Character & SEL, Critical Thinking, English Language Arts

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Game-Based Learning

Price: Free to try
Platforms: Web

Pros: Typing lessons gradually increase in difficulty; lesson pages include a helpful keyboard/hand guide; teachers can assign tasks and monitor progress.

Cons: Some games lack clear instructions; the site could use more customization and accessibility features; pricing could be more transparent.

Bottom Line: This is a very solid, comprehensive typing curriculum that teachers can use to reinforce both keyboarding skills and course content.

Teachers can try out Typesy with a 30-day free trial for classes of 30 students or fewer. For younger students who are just learning how to type, the lessons and accompanying videos will help them understand proper typing techniques and allow them to practice and improve at their own pace. For students who already have the basics down, the informational content and statistics will provide a dual benefit of practice and concept reinforcement. Teachers can set individual goals for students and customize rubrics to allow for differentiation, and reports based on progress over time allow teachers to study individual stats and see where students are thriving or struggling. 

Assign tasks and tests to classes; just note that the tests are short and not customizable, so teachers might want to have some separate assessments they can administer if desired. Finally, the narrated presentations available on the site might not be everyone's cup of tea, but they offer opportunities for kids and adults to improve skills in vocabulary, digital citizenship, and even tools like Microsoft products or programming.

Typesy is a comprehensive typing curriculum and learning platform for classrooms, schools, or entire districts. It's quick to set up, has a teacher dashboard with report options, and integrates with many different learning management systems, including Schoology and Google Classroom. Teachers can assign a variety of activities, from simple lessons that cover specific keys and combinations to video tutorials on topics like building vocabulary or learning how to use Microsoft Word or Excel. As students complete lessons and levels, they earn status points. Teachers can assign specific typing tests for classes as well, and students can build their own vocabulary lists from which the site automatically generates definitions and flash cards for study. The site also includes various games that focus on accuracy, speed, and fun, but they're not all gems. Plus, there's not much available to support students who have impaired vision or struggle with reading.

While the lessons focus on teaching with repetition and building on what students have already learned, there's an added component to reinforce content knowledge: Students type out sentences related to different subject areas. While kids work on improving speed and accuracy, they're getting some reinforcement of what they're learning in class. However, the multitasking nature of the activities means it's unlikely kids will retain much of the content. Students can see their own progress on a dashboard that graphs their typing progress over time and displays a heat map of the keyboard displaying their problem keys. With this data, teachers can tailor activities that will help kids target problem areas and make improvements.

Typesy has many of the core features teachers want from typing lessons plus a few bonus elements. Kids can study customized word lists via platform-generated flash cards, watch videos and webinar-style presentations to learn new information and skills, and practice typing using content that reinforces what they're learning in class. Lessons have many activities, but the activities tend to be short, accompanied by feedback and, eventually, diagnostics that will help students improve. The games have some appeal, but they are quite repetitive, teaching the same couple dozen words over and over again. Additionally, many have outdated or uninspiring graphics, murky rules, or uneven quality, which may lose students' interest quickly. Also, some of these features seem a bit disconnected from each other, and it would help to tie them together in a more comprehensive way. And while the free trial is generous, a ballpark around pricing would help strapped schools. Still, even if kids don't love all of the features, most do understand the advantages that being able to type quickly and accurately will bring in school and beyond.

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Engagement

Students will like the immediate feedback on speed and accuracy as well as the clean animated interface. The included games may initially grab but may not hold students' interest.

Pedagogy

Repetition is key here, and the set of lessons included covers all the basics, plus punctuation, numbers, and symbols. The Common Core content is good for reinforcement, but the distraction of typing will make retention difficult.

Support

Teachers have a useful dashboard but can assign only to classes, not individuals. The site could use more accessibility features, such as a text-to-speech option.

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Marianne Rogowski
Marianne Rogowski Instructional Technology Facilitator

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I believed this can help students learn about how they prefer to learn educationally

I believe this website can help students figure out online learning methods that work best for them. This is important because the world and education contains a good amount of online learning and if students especially young ones can get adjusted to this. Overall, this is a good educational tool that will help students with virtual learning especially with subjects they want to learn on their own.

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