How I Use It
My school purchased this program and we use it in my class on a weekly basis. The main motivation for students is that I activated the leader board function. They are constantly working to get into the top ten, which has been very motivating for most students. For every typing exercise, there is an animation on the bottom of the screen to show students which fingers should be hitting each button.
This is a great basic tool to get students learning about different keys. It is important that I circulate around the room while they are working on their exercises because I do need to make sure they are using the proper finger positions. Many of them will try to make up their own so they can go faster and just get that high score.
This program does a great job in tracking student progress and showing strengths and weaknesses of each student in a very user friendly interface. It makes progress monitoring very easy for teachers.
I don't like that there are no extension activities available for the students, such as fun typing games. I think this would be a wonderful addition. Every time a student scores five stars on a level, they should be invited to play a game that practices those same skills.
The limitations of this program lie in the lack of extension activities. While the interface present is great for learning the basics of typing, there should be a variety of activities students can partake in to practice typing with proper finger placement.
Overall, if you are looking for a basic program to track student progress through the progression of various typing lessons, this would be a great program.
The extension activities are limited. While teachers can create their own tests and activities, it seems a shame that more of those features are not already built in and ready to go, given the wide variety of typing games available for free online.
I do use the typing club to introduce basic typing skills and keep track of student progress through the lessons, but I will continue to use other typing activities to supplement this program. If you are considering purchasing a license to this program, look at the free programs available first. Another major benefit to consider is that typing club allows the entire school database of students and classes to be integrated through a mass upload of the information, making it easier to set up classes for teachers.