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Best Typing Games for Students

Touch-typing, or keyboarding, isn't the most fun skill to learn, but it's one of the most important. Quality typing programs boast student-friendly interfaces, lots of customization options, powerful teacher dashboards, game-based learning, and even connections to other content areas like digital citizenship. They help struggling students with reinforcement and review and provide high-interest texts for more accurate typists. These are the best typing games and comprehensive programs we've found for helping kids learn to type, use proper form, increase their typing speed, and develop good keyboarding habits.

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Fun, all-inclusive keyboarding curriculum engages while it educates

Bottom line: This superb tool has great guided lessons, engaging assessments, and real-time feedback.


Complete, entertaining typing and tech-readiness program for all ages

Bottom line: This fun, comprehensive curriculum goes beyond teaching touch-typing into computer use and professional document creation.

Clear typing instruction with detailed statistics, fun encouragement

Bottom line: One of the better typing programs out there due to its clear and extensive instruction, entertaining practice, and trackable metrics.

Dance Mat Typing

Fun, cartoonish design doesn't hide game's limited impact

Bottom line: A useful introduction for students ready to type, but afterward they will need further practice.


Fabulous keyboarding lessons entice kids with social rewards

Bottom line: Fun, charming typing lessons get keyboarding students started on the right foot and keep them developing their skills.

Typing Pal

Thorough typing program takes students from hunt-and-peck to mastery

Bottom line: This comprehensive and customizable keyboarding curriculum is the ideal solution for schools and multiple-age groups.

Typing Quest

Gorgeous, customizable set of typing lessons for all ages

Bottom line: Typing Quest turns beginner keyboarding students into fluent touch typists, with a little extra effort from teachers.

Nitro Type

Customizable multiplayer auto races rev up basic typing practice

Bottom line: Nitro Type is pretty darn engaging, but teachers need to prep students' typing skills first.


Free drills and games offer typing basics on varied keyboard layouts

Bottom line: This set of free typing drills does a decent job of covering the basics from the beginning but doesn't offer much depth or flexibility.


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

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

TapTyping - Typing Trainer

Practice touchscreen typing, learn cool iPad tricks

Bottom line: While it lacks comprehensive lessons, this app can still help students transition from pecking on touchscreens to typing more quickly and accurately.

Epistory - Typing Chronicles

Practice typing by exploring and defending a world made of paper

Bottom line: Great for practicing touch-typing skills, this adventure game draws players in with a slowly revealed backstory.

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