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Software for children to learn typing

Postby ngl2010 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:01 am

Which software do you recommend for a 12-year old to learn typing? I want DS to be able to type using 10 fingers.

Thank you.

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby slmkhoo » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:05 am

About 6 yrs ago, I bought 'Mavis Beacon' (a tutorial for learning to type) on CD-ROM. It's for age 8 and up and it's very systematic. Can be boring too, though, but I found that the 'fun' ones online didn't really give enough good practice and feedback. I got my kids to do 10 mins a day and they got to their initial target of 25wpm in a few months. The downside is that they find my (self-taught and non-standard) typing very funny! There will be others and may also be available by downloads etc.

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby ngl2010 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:15 am

Hi slmkhoo. I saw there is free trial of Mavis Beacon. We'll try that one first before we buy :)

Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby nansk » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:57 pm

Where to download the trial version of Mavis Beacon software?

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby ngl2010 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:09 pm

nansk wrote:Where to download the trial version of Mavis Beacon software?

http://download.cnet.com/Mavis-Beacon-T ... 41764.html

In the end we didn't download it because our computer's operating system is Windows 7.

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby nansk » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:17 pm

I see. :(
Thanks all the same.

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby ngl2010 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:21 pm

nansk wrote:I see. :(
Thanks all the same.

No problem :smile: DS is learning through another software. I will update this thread on whether that software is good or not. I think he will take a few more weeks to finish it because he doesn't practice everyday :faint:

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby Dreamgear » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:33 pm

send him to CC for typing class. 2 days and he can type.....

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby nansk » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:34 pm

Thanks! I have subscribed to this topic and will wait for your update.
I was hoping to start teaching typing to my dd (almost 9) during these school hols. Right now she gets by with hunt-and-peck for her MCOnline assignments.
I will also search for other typing websites online and update back here if I find something interesting.

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Re: Software for children to learn typing

Postby nansk » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:40 pm

Dreamgear wrote:send him to CC for typing class. 2 days and he can type.....

Thanks for this idea. I'm off to check the (excruciatingly slow) PA web site.
ETA: None of the CC's near my place have this course. And anyway, $65 for a 2-day course (1-2 hours a day)? Too much.

I googled just now and and found BBC's Dance Mat Typing web site. We will try it after the SA2 exams.

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