How I Use It
Students keyboarding skills are often reduced to two fingers (or thumbs), thanks to texting. Although they can be pretty fast on their phones with this method, it does not transfer to a keyboard, so I think all students should have typing. It is needed to type essays, emails, and a lot of other things. Even note taking becomes better if they can type faster.
I think it is great to have a free typing tool that takes away all the bells and whistles. Many of the typing games that are in full color with sharks or cartoon characters, etc. overstimulate the brain and make the task harder. For some, the characters/game formats are helpful, but this is the old school typing format that quickly gives results and lets kids practice typing without distractions. The only downside is having to create a log-in. I guide students in creating a "dummy" account for school items like this with a password they won't forget.