Summer is a great time to learn a new skill, like learning to type! Being able to touch type is a vital life skill in almost all education and career settings today. Current Monument Academy students in 3rd-6th grades (students rolling up to 4th-7th) are enrolled in Typing Pal. 6th grade accounts will not be deleted until August, so all students can continue to log in and practice their typing skills over the summer.
For new students or students not in those grades that are several free options online. Suggestions are offered below, but this certainly is not an exclusive list.
Free typing tutorials with actual instruction (free accounts must be set up by parent or student, may have ads)
Typing games (to be used as incentive or reinforcement, should not be used exclusively for practice as they do not teach proper fingering)
What if my student is struggling with the WPM requirement in Typing Pal?
Students could try one of the free tutorials above or Dance Mat Typing http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr is a fun typing tutorial that does not have a WPM requirement. Students can learn and practice the keys by completing the lessons in Dance Mat and then continue working in Typing Pal.
What if my student is unable to log into Typing Pal?
Email Ben Honeycutt email@example.com after June 4th to reset the password. Please allow 48-72 hours for a response since it is summertime.
How long will it take for me to learn to touch type?
It depends on a number of factors, for example how long you have been using a keyboard and how long have you been typing using your current method.
The amount of time you spend practicing and how frequently you practice is also significant. Practicing ‘little and often’ (15 -30 minutes a day) works much better than an hour or more once a week.
If you practice regularly and don’t give up, you should be able to learn to touch type fluently in 2-3 months, maybe even less. A total of 10 – 15 hours of practice should get you touch typing slowly.
Once you have learned to touch type, switch over to your new touch-typing skill as soon as you can in your everyday use of the computer and stick with it, even if at first you think you are slower than when typing your old way. It won’t take long before your speed and accuracy increases and you reap the benefits from your newly developed skill. This is also a good, quick read on learning to type: http://www.readandspell.com/us/how-long-does-it-take-to-learn-to-touch-type