I wish I could come off all hoity-toity and holier-than-thou and tell you about all of the great philosophy, upper level science and math, and world literature classes and courses I had in my own education (and, oh, I had some great ones), but hands-down the single most helpful class I took in my nearly 20 years of formal education was typing.
Dance Mat Typing is one of those little, no special thrills easy-to-use website apps that teachers, parents, and students love. I am surprised I hadn’t run across it before.
Typing. It has served me so well in my personal life and professional career, and I believe it’s a must-have skill for anyone in any grade or career.
When I discovered that we didn’t have any articles here at SimpleK12 about some of the best typing games and apps, I thought I should remedy that. So, I went searching in the Teacher Learning Community’s Shared Resources and found that what the Community members like best is Dance Mat Typing, from the BBC (British Broadcast Company).
Dance Mat Typing is a website that teaches keyboarding in a fun, entertaining way. With four levels of play, and three stages within each of those, Dance Mat Typing lets students, geared mainly to the primary school years, build slowly and go as quickly as they like. Best of all, students can get up and running with Dance Mat Typing in just seconds, it’s that easy to use.
It works from any browser, and you don’t need to download anything. In all of the lessons, student receive fun and immediate responses to their typing via audio and video. Oh, and the service is free.
What our teacher reviewers like best about Dance Mat Typing is that, right from Lesson 1, students are prompted to type real words. Certificates help the kids keep track of their progress. Some teachers have been using Dance Mat Typing as early as the first grade and others like it for working with ESOL students.
Do you have any typing tutorial programs you’d like to recommend, or do you have any comments about Dance Mat Typing? Let’s hear ‘em!