How I Use It
Freshmen students at my school are required to use Typing Club in a core course in order to develop typing skills. This is the first year that we are doing this. I see students in my Freshman Advisory course use Typing Club in order to practice their skills so that they can pass the required typing test. I also teach sophomores who were not required to practice in Typing Club. My freshmen students type much more efficiently that my sophomores. Now that our students all have Chromebooks, the ability to keyboard quickly is (excuse the pun) key at our school.
I am old enough to remember taking typing class with actual typewriters with actual ribbon and actual paper. Typing practice back then was laborious and awful. Typing Club is far superior for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I notice errors because they turn red during the practice. This makes me backspace, slow down, and move ahead. Secondly, I get excellent data that motivates. I see my WPM and my accuracy rate. I can also see which keys are problematic for me. I find this motivating. Many students also find this motivating because they want to try again to get a better score. For a free program, this is amazing. My son in elementary school also used this program and LOVED it because he is a gamer. He loved trying to best he previous score and gleefully showed me his class list when he was at the top. Truthfully, I like using it for trying to break my habit of hitting the space bar after a period. Old typing habits die hard.