TypeTastic keyboarding games were released in March 2017, and it recorded 1,000,000 users during the first year. The U.S. traffic sextupled from May 2017 to May 2018. The School Edition, released in August 2018, features the entire keyboarding curriculum for K12.
The learning progress is gradual and can be summarized to the following four steps:
Step 1: Explore the keyboard
Pre-schoolers and 1st graders can get started easily by getting to know the keyboard first. The early learners’ games teacher letter recognition, motor skills and also how the keyboard is compiled which makes it easier to progress to learn touch typing later on.
Step 2: All Fingers Aboard
The next step is to start learning the basics of touch typing without typing words yet. These games are designed to challenge kids to learn the fundamentals of typing. All sections are centered on finger movement and often first separated into either right- or left-hand activities, then move to more challenging games that use both hands.
Step 3: Ready, Set, Type!
Keyboarding activities take kids to an adventure to collect words and letters in alternating landscapes. During each lesson kids will progress along an exciting trek through the fantasy island as they complete typing activities in underwater coral reefs, thick jungle vegetation, and serene beach vistas.
Step 4: Master Those Keys
Students are challenged with more complex words, they get to build up their typing speed and discover numbers and symbols. Varying activities are designed to support learning every step of the way. The original FingerPaths keyboard helps to visualize key locations and finger movements.
Touch Typing courses follow the same gradual learning pattern; learn two new keys in each lesson and then move on to type words, sentences and paragraphs. Typing words instead of random key combinations keeps kids motivated to learn more.
TypeTastic is compatible with all devices; Chromebooks, iPads, laptops and PCs and they can be accessed via web page. Schools get their own TypeTastic address where to log in and teachers can follow up their students’ progress.
This Cool Tool Award honoree is developed by Typing Master Finland, Inc., based in Helsinki, Finland with more than 20 years of experience in touch typing products. Learn more.