How I Use It
As library media specialist, I also teach keyboarding to grades 3-5. Typing Agent teaches and reinforces essential typing skills. I merely introduce students to the program, and they are able to work independently. I can easily monitor individual progress and provide assistance as needed. Either classroom teachers or I can provide writing prompts to connect any curriculum areas.
After recently piloting four typing programs, our school chose Typing Agent for our grade 3, 4 & 5 students. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate. It is colorful but not overwhelming. It can be set up to be rigorous but provides support and practice. Students can earn GritCoins to spend on games. There is a ‘Social’ component to teach Digital Citizenship, a ‘Document’ component that will score real-world writing exercises, and a ‘Coding’ unit in which students can create their own game. Students can see their progress at the click of a button in several formats, and each lesson provides immediate feedback. THe backspace key can be disabled which encourages typing accuracy. Students are motivated to repeat lessons to earn 3 stars on every lesson.
For administration, students and staff are easily uploaded in batches. Settings can be set for entire grades, classes, or individually. Any grading system can be accommodated so at Report Card time, one report gives me their grades set to our grading system, which eliminates the need for manual scoring of students’ progress, We can print individual student login cards, letters for parents, certificates, and even keyboard posters. Various types of reports allow me to focus on any aspect of progress, including how much time a student or any group of students spent actually typing. There is an online ‘Chat’ with tech support, which was very useful during our initial set-up and our email system went down!
This is a brief overview of the many useful features of this typing program. Although our school just started using it in December 2016, we anticipate a long-term, positive experience.