18 Online Keyboard Sites for Kids

You want to practice 10-15 minutes two to three times a week. Even for kindergartners. Choose a fun software program–whichever will keep their attention when they’re young. I use Type to Learn Jr. in my school until half-way through first grade, but there are other good ones. For the older children, I use Type to Learn. I have great results with it. Students are challenged, intrigued, motivated by the prizes and the levels.

Another option is online typing sites. Typingweb is good. It’s a graduated program that keeps track of your progress. If you’re picking an online program as an alternative to software, it’s important to log in so the software remembers what your child has accomplished. If you’re going to use online sites as part of an overall typing practice curriculum, here are some other good sites to try:

  1. Keyboard challenge—adapted to grade level http://www.abcya.com/keyboard.htm
  2. Keyboard practice—quick start http://www.keybr.com/
  3. Keyboarding Fingerjig—6-minute test of ability http://www.jonmiles.co.uk/fingerjig.php
  4. Keyboarding for Kids http://webinstituteforteachers.org/~gammakeys/Lesson/Lesson1.htm
  5. Keyboarding practice http://www.usspeller.com/keytutor.html
  6. Keyboarding—alphabet rain game http://www.powertyping.com/rain.shtml
  7. Keyboarding—barracuda game http://www.powertyping.com/baracuda/baracuda.htm
  8. Keyboarding—bubbles game http://www.typingmaster.com/individuals/bubbles.asp
  9. Keyboarding–Dance Mat Typing http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
  10. Keyboarding–Dance Mat Typing guide http://www.dancemattypingguide.com/dance-mat-typing-level-1/stage-1/
  11. Keyboarding—full online course http://www.goodtyping.com/
  12. Keyboarding—games http://funschool.kaboose.com/fun-blaster/games/game_type_me.html
  13. Keyboarding—lessons and speed quiz http://www.senselang.com/
  14. Keyboarding—lessons http://www.typeonline.co.uk/lesson1.html
  15. Keyboarding—lessons http://www.typing-lessons.org/
  16. Keyboarding—must sign up, but free http://www.learn2type.com/
  17. Keyboarding—quick start http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/typing/index.htm
  18. Keyboarding—speed quiz http://www.webwidesoftware.com/typing-tutor/free-typing-test.htm

I recommend a hybrid of software and online. Start each session with 10-15 minutes of keyboarding and then move on to something else.

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  15. Macinack

    Hello

  16. Jeana

    What are some more good websites for keyboarding??? (:

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  18. Thank you for shared information

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    But slowly this trend stopped and typing speed was not important to most of the employers.
    This is the reason why typing tests, which were once very popular suddenly, vanished from the scene.
    However recently we see a growing shift in the attitude of the employers

    • I recall. I applied with an agency for an assistant manager job and still had to take a typing test! So glad things have changed for my daughter.

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  25. evelyn

    my son’s is in first grade and this is his first research report that he is having to do and I am trying to find the same website he is using at school to do his report but I just can’t find it. The name of the website he gave me is papago.com but its not an educational website pls help.

  26. Well done partner that is amazing

  27. Thanks for the great site suggestions! You may want to add http://www.typingweb.com. I have been using it with my grades 3-8 and it is great and free! I allows me to monitor their progress on-line.

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  33. Adam

    Hello.

    You need to update the list. there is broker link number 12.

    In title stands 18 services but in list only 17. So I propose to remove broker link and add instead 2 more services.

    http://www.ratatype.com/
    http://www.typingweb.com/

    • I love Typing Web. Haven’t tried the other–but I will. This is a fairly old post that hs been updated here. It probably had 18 when it started and lost one to a bad link. Thanks for visiting, Adam!

  34. Nice one.. Made me recollect this quote: “The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they never come out again.”-AL Goodman

  35. Very important tips for kids interested in computers. Increasing the keyboard speed can go a long way in increasing the efficiency of kids.

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