Website review by Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2021

EduTyping

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

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28%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
K–12
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Health & Wellness, Communication & Collaboration, Character & SEL, College & Career Prep

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Pros: Thorough K–12 curriculum, attractive design, and useful data for teachers and admins.

Cons: Long list of lessons might intimidate some students. English only lessons. Not designed for individual users.

Bottom Line: This is a comprehensive and engaging typing curriculum that covers much more than keyboarding.

Teachers can use EduTyping in any of their K–12 classes, including mixed-age classrooms. Since it includes two distinct levels of curricula, there's no need to worry about boring older students or moving too quickly for younger ones. It also adapts to student performance and can give real-time feedback, so it's easy to differentiate. 

Because teachers can create their own content, they can use the opportunity to teach students about another subject they're learning, or about an upcoming school event. Since students can access this resource from home, it also works well for distance learning. If you have students who already know the basics and thrive with more choice, you can allow them to explore the content in whatever order they want. You could also watch the videos together as a class and assign the practice for homework, depending on device access for students in your classroom. Though there's no built-in social component, teachers and students can create friendly competitions, reward milestones, or custom tests that kids design for each other.

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EduTyping is a comprehensive K–12 typing curriculum with content at two levels. EduTyping, Jr., is intended for the elementary level, introducing the keyboard row by row and focusing on sight and high-frequency words; it includes video introductions to lessons. EduTyping Secondary is for middle and high school students and presents a more traditional sequence of touch-typing lessons, along with interactive lessons including popular culture content. Both levels include an extensive array of lessons, reinforcements, timed tests, and other features to gradually step students through sequential lessons. Both also include interactive games, topical typing material, and choose-your-own-adventure-type content to keep student interest and reinforce lessons. Students are graded in real time as they type, which gives immediate feedback -- to students and teachers -- on their WPM typing speed and their accuracy. After each section, students earn XP, see their typing duration, and receive a WPM, accuracy, and star score. Once they learn the basics, students tackle the practice library, which includes interesting, content-based paragraphs. They can also spend time with the EduTyping Notepad, a sandbox area for students to practice typing whatever they like, or where the teacher can assign or dictate content.

Additionally, EduTyping, Jr. includes a Tech Readiness unit that teaches technology basics, such as parts of a computer and how to use a mouse, as well as cybercitizenship, and EduTyping Secondary includes a unit on Professionalism in the Workplace. Both levels include Computer Applications lessons, teaching students how to use applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs through printable worksheets. Once students are done with the curriculum, teachers can print certificates of completion for them.

Teachers can also set letter grade equivalents, typing speed and accuracy goals, and benchmarks for students, as well as toggle on or off settings such as the ability to play games, use the Backspace key, or see the Class Scoreboard. They can also preview all of the lessons, see answer keys, and access printable lessons to extend the learning. To customize further, teachers can also make and share their own custom lessons, tailoring lessons and tests to their own classroom goals.

Since EduTyping is a comprehensive and very thorough typing curriculum, it starts students out with the very basics, beginning with the home row and continuing on to typing meaningful paragraphs in very gradual steps. Students learn new skills regularly, practice previously learned skills, and do periodic reinforcements for their lessons. This keeps their fingers limber and their skills up-to-date. Once they learn all the keys on the keyboard, the program transitions to content that will likely be relevant to their interests, such as current news stories and pop culture. Earning XP and badges as they level up their typing skills will motivate students, and the choose-your-own-adventure content will hold their interest.

Students of all levels can also learn how to use real-world applications that they'll be using during their education and in future jobs, like word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Older students also learn more about the workplace, while younger students learn how to use the parts of a computer, proper typing techniques, and cybercitizenship. The program underlines how relevant the content really is. Combine these features with the simple navigation, pleasing design, and customization options, and you have a truly comprehensive program that takes kids way beyond the home row.

Overall Rating

Engagement

The clear and colorful interface pulls students in to begin the lessons, and the themes, games, and gentle competition keep them working hard. More advanced and choose-your-own-adventure-type lessons include appealing content.

Pedagogy

Students learn to type with practice and repetition. With small steps set as the default, teachers can customize the lesson path to allow more advanced students to skip ahead, or make custom lessons for students who need alternate content.

Support

The website guides students on what to work on next, but also allows them some freedom to skip around, play games, or craft stories. The site gives teachers and admins extensive support for customization and tech help.


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Natalie A. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Wonderful and easy to use product for keyboarding teachers and students!
The teacher settings in this product are very useful. They allow me to adjust content for my students, monitor their progress, and administer my own custom typing tests in addition to the ones that are already pre-programmed on the website. It is an extremely useful keyboarding tool and I plan to use it in the future!
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