Do Typing Games Really Increase Learning in the Classroom?

shutterstock_126234773If you’ve ever learned touch typing as a kid you might remember learning how to type on a typewriter.  There were no touch typing games where you got to catch bubbles or build towers by pressing the correct key.  Learning to type was based on plain old repetition.

As a kid, this doesn’t sound too exciting and who can blame them?

Games have taken entertainment and learning from a more passive approach to a more interactive approach.  In fact, over 60 studies conducted in the classroom by teachers and their students showed that using academic games in the classroom resulted in a 20% gain in student achievement.

Allowing students to interact in the classroom via games helps them learn in a way that they are familiar with.  And, more teachers are getting on board with offering games as a way to supplement learning in the classroom.  A recent infographic shows that 95% of teachers use video games that were made specifically for educational use.

Touch typing games have become one of the most popular ways to solidify typing skills in the classroom through the level of interaction they allow and the variety of students which they appeal to. Continue reading Do Typing Games Really Increase Learning in the Classroom?

3 Tips to Make Typing Lessons More Fun

keyboard_edit2Keyboarding, also known as touch typing, is a necessary skill in order to efficiently use a laptop or desktop computer. Unfortunately, many typing lessons aimed at students learn to type are bland and kids find it hard to stay focused on the material. However, if a typing tutor uses the right methods and products, they can make typing lessons fun and exciting for their students.

Make It A Race In Your Typing Class

A great way to make typing lessons fun is to turn each lesson into a game by encouraging your students to type the most words per minute. A wpm typing test will help students practice their typing skills by challenging them to work hard to reach a goal.

A wpm typing test should be age appropriate and attainable for students based on their ability. For younger kids, try setting a timer for a period of 30 seconds and make the goal small so it’s easy to accomplish.  For older children you can make the time period of the test to be at least a minute long. They key to encouraging students to participate is to offer positive feedback and give them several chances to try to beat their highest wpm.

Look For Fun Typing Lessons Online

There are a lot of free typing lessons online that a typing tutor can use. This can help break up the monotony of using the same lessons over and over. These lessons usually incorporate games they are so fun that the student doesn’t even realize they are learning. In fact, most students prefer learning keyboarding online because of the variety of lessons that are offered.

A tutor can offer a lot of variety by utilizing all of the resources that are available to them. Boring workbooks no are longer needed for a student to achieve an adequate amount of typing practice. A simple internet search will reveal a variety of results for online typing lessons that are not only fun, but free too.

Set Goals and Offer Incentives for Students

You can encourage kids to have fun in your typing class by setting goals for them to meet and offer incentives for meeting those goals. By setting goals students can have something to work towards and won’t feel like their efforts are going to waste. The incentives you offer can be some type of certificate or a small prize of some sort.

Children generally will feel some sort of accomplishment when they are able to reach goals. Younger kids will benefit from a simple sticker chart that shows their progress at the end of each class. Older children may like bar graphs or more formal charting.

In conclusion, typing or keyboarding classes do not have to be boring. You can make them fun by utilizing the above tips. By doing so you will encourage kids to want to learn how to type and typing class will become the highlight of their week. Just remember to change up your lessons often as well as to offer continuous praise in order to for your students to successfully meet the goal of learning how to type proficiently.