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Typing Tutor

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rvirga/TypingTutor.html

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Computer(s), Internet access, optional projector (for class presentation) and printer

Activity Description

Assign students to use this free keyboarding Web site to practice their typing/keyboarding skills by playing a simple game.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the Web site is not blocked on the computers students will use.
  2. After the new window launches with the game in it, you can select "Game" and then "Lesson Plan" from the menu to decide which keys to use in the practice game. You can use "Performance Evaluation" to see how the student did after the practice session.
  3. Make sure that Java is installed on the computers students will use.
  4. Practice using the site yourself in order to anticipate students’ difficulties.

How-To

  1. Open the Web Site (above link).
  2. Select “Click Here to Launch Typing Tutor.” Wait for the new window to open.
  3. Select Game – Lesson Plan to select which keys you want to practice with (Note: Changing the keys in the lesson plan changes the keyset of the next game, not the one, if any, that is already in progress). Students can create a customized lesson plan by selecting this option and clicking on the keys they need to practice (Lesson 14).
  4. Select Start. Characters will fall down in the Java window pane. Stop them before they reach the ground by pressing the corresponding key on the keyboard. The speed can be adjusted to slower or faster and the game can be paused.
  5. At the end of each "game," the Performance Evaluation window will show how well you have done, and advice on what to do next will be provided.

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The game can be used as a warm-up or filler for whole-class fun.

Levels

  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced
  • All Levels
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.