Teacher Review For QwertyTown

The 'Sumdog' of the keyboarding world - get your class touch-typing in no time!

Jonathan K.
Technology coordinator
Jerudong International School, Brunei
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I find it useful to go through the welcome message with the class as a whole - this way you can reinforce any key points, such as posture, position of fingers, how the site works etc. Set-up is pretty quick and easy and it is great to display the progress charts on the IWB - for encouragement and praise. Children are happy to continue at home, and the social elements elevate this above other sites that are just about the typing 'grind' - the children are motivated to do well - who doesn't want a gold medal? - and are rewarded for their efforts and can spend their coins to improve their avatar.
My Take
Great resource to have if you have the money to commit to such a resource. There is not a lot of time in the school day to devote to keyboarding skills, but it is worth trying to squeeze it in where you can. It is a very useful tool to highlight perseverance - 8 tries for a bronze medal has as good a feeling for the recipient as does 8 levels with a gold first time every time. Good to reinforce correct typing position and can be used in registration time, as part of a computing session or as part of an after-school club. Children love to play it and don't realise they are learning - superb product!