Teacher Review For Keyboarding Without Tears

Typing + Digital Citizenship + Academic Vocabulary = The Best Typing Program Out There!

Blair M.
Technology coordinator
Western School of Science and Technology
Phoenix, AZ
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
In our school, students get on Keyboarding Without Tears for about 15 minutes at the beginning of each technology class. The content is organized by week, and we aim to have students complete a week's worth each week of school. Nearly everything about this program has worked well, the only issue being a small technical component: if students don't have the program in full-screen mode, it sometimes deactivates the keyboard until they click back on the screen.
My Take
I've used numerous other typing programs, and this is by-far the best. It builds in academic vocabulary including technology vocabulary. The program also utilizes two fingers while typing, forcing students to use home row. Even in the youngest grades, this builds muscle memory. The program also does an excellent job gamifying typing: students move along a "game board" as they progress and they also earn trophies and other badges for their hard work.