Teacher Review For Typing Agent

Motivated, engaged students make real progress! Easy-to implement program supports all areas of curriculum and real-life skills.

Lynn M.
Media specialist/librarian
Old Town Elementary School (Old Town, ME)
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
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.
My Take
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.