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Darling Chit Chat geeks, I need your power!!

I want my 13-year old to learn how to touch-type and am interested in recommends for any sites/games/etc. that can teach her in a fun way!

Preferably FREE, but am willing to purchase if not too exorbitant.

I know that daily practice is the key so it needs to be interesting/fun as opposed to the tedium that was my experience taking typing classes in high school.

Thanks in advance!!!!
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I was going to suggest tracking down my typing teacher from high school, but it is likely she has passed by now (40+ years ago).

Someone used to make keyboard covers that did not allow viewing the keys. Are they still available? Those were OK.
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The Typing of the Dead is a terrific, Zombie Horror based typing tutor. and is available on Steam.

Zombies are approaching you and you have to type the correct letter to kill them. As the levels progress you have to type faster and the characters required increase from 1 letter to entire words.

It is definitely gory but then it is a Zombie game and that's part of the fun.

What's most important is that it is great fun so your kid is going to want to keep playing.
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I always found Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing to be a decent typing learning tool.

Full disclosure - I worked on one version of it.[1]







[1] Man, I wish our team and carried through on the idea of making "Mavis Beacon Teaches Sniping" T-shirts as a shipping celebration.
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You want to know how I learned to touch type? I covered up all the labels on the keys with blank stickers. When looking down tells you nothing, you quickly learn never to look down as you type. Eventually the stickers wore off, but by then I was out of the habit.

(I'm also a Dvorak typist, which is a related story, but not much to the point here.)
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CrankyPants wrote:
The Typing of the Dead is a terrific, Zombie Horror based typing tutor. and is available on Steam.

Zombies are approaching you and you have to type the correct letter to kill them. As the levels progress you have to type faster and the characters required increase from 1 letter to entire words.

It is definitely gory but then it is a Zombie game and that's part of the fun.

What's most important is that it is great fun so your kid is going to want to keep playing.


If you're concerned about vulgarity, sexual references, etc., steer FAR clear of TotD: Overkill. It's WAY over the top in every way imaginable. I believe you get your first "MF the MF'ing MF'er" in the first 30 seconds of the opening cutscene.
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You can both learn the Dvorak layout - which is far more efficient. AND since the actual letters aren't on the keys, you won't be tempted to look.
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Typer Shark is an excellent typing tutor/game.



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AnakinOU wrote:
CrankyPants wrote:
The Typing of the Dead is a terrific, Zombie Horror based typing tutor. and is available on Steam.

Zombies are approaching you and you have to type the correct letter to kill them. As the levels progress you have to type faster and the characters required increase from 1 letter to entire words.

It is definitely gory but then it is a Zombie game and that's part of the fun.

What's most important is that it is great fun so your kid is going to want to keep playing.


If you're concerned about vulgarity, sexual references, etc., steer FAR clear of TotD: Overkill. It's WAY over the top in every way imaginable. I believe you get your first "MF the MF'ing MF'er" in the first 30 seconds of the opening cutscene.


Thanks, Jon!
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We used Tux Type back in the day, but my goodness that was a LONG time ago, so I don't know if it's your best choice now.
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I asked MissT and this is the one they use at school, she said it's set up like lessons rather than games http://www.kidwaresoftware.com/kidtype.htm

She said they still use the Tux one and that's fun, but the other one does a better job of actually teaching typing.
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I had both of my kids use MasterKey after researching. It may not be as 'fun' as some, but it is thorough. Has a regular traditional training mode, also a 'paratyper' game, and can track multiple students and keeps full statistics, and requires certain levels of mastery before progressing is allowed. Works on both Mac and Windows. Used by many schools. Is is fairly lightweight (not a huge app - only 5MB(win) - 12 MB(OS X) for the app and installers combined! (for comparison, Mavis requires 600MB installed disk space)) which is a win for me, and also isn't very expensive ($15) and has shareware 'try before you buy' (might even be indefinite amount of time). If I recall, the same license worked on both my mac and my Windows laptop.

We had them do 15 min a day before getting computer game or Wii time back in 5th and 6th grade until they hit 40+ wpm -- and now they type very well, 60+ wpm, and are so thankful to be touch-typists when doing homework in middle and high school.

I'm not affiliated, but I am a VERY satisfied customer.
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I learned to type by relative position of keys. I don't use the touch-type method (I tried to learn at one point, but I never got it down.)


Over the years, I've learned the position of the keys. by the closeness that each key is to each other key. Essentially, through muscle memory, my right hand knows where certain keys are and my left hand knows where other keys are. I do not need to look at the keyboard to type at all (Okay, to start, I usually look at where the first key is, and then go from there).


I don't really know if there's a benefit to touch-typing or not, I type at a relatively normal WPM (approx. 65 wpm). But I kind of feel like having to keep my fingers docked in a certain position, and having to return to that position constantly would waste time.
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TrojanDan wrote:
You can both learn the Dvorak layout - which is far more efficient.


That is up for heavy debate.
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The locals here are moaning about the need to know cursive writing. Just invest in voice recognition. It's the future.

[I didn't try hard enough to learn Morse code before it was outmoded.]
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I vote for Mavis Beacon. You can find really low cost copies. I still use mine, working on getting up past that 90 word a minute goal. Currently around 75.

Mavis teaches regular typing, using repetition, which is how I learned in High School and then she also has games which let you focus on small words or long or complex words. She also has a game that teaches you ten key, which I'm adequate at, but by no mean stellar; simply never liked the use of the ten key board.

It's worth your couple of bucks to get it, your kids should enjoy it and shouldn't get bored with all the different ways to learn. It even keeps track of different people and their current goal and progress in comparison to said goal.

Try Half-Priced books or Walmart for cheap copies or Amazon.

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Chanfan wrote:
TrojanDan wrote:
You can both learn the Dvorak layout - which is far more efficient.


That is up for heavy debate.
For me, being proficient at both, Dvorak is the faster keyboard. After about two weeks of (8 hours daily) practice my Dvorak speed was equal to my Qwerty; after a couple months it was noticeably faster. And I notice when I switch to Qwerty that I need to "reach" with my fingers far more, which both slows you down and I've heard contributes to carpal tunnel problems.

Yes, this isn't a real study, it is just anecdotal evidence, but for me spending two weeks re-learning how to type was a huge long term win.
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I learned how to type using Mavis Beacon teaches typing and I really enjoyed it. But I didn't really get good at it till I joined my first online forum website. Probably because that's when I started typing more often and just because I wanted to.
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Typing... blah blah blah.... We are missing an important point.


EgorjLileli wrote:
my 13-year old


When did Little MMB grow up!?!?!?

Wasn't she eight last week?


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CrankyPants wrote:
The Typing of the Dead is a terrific, Zombie Horror based typing tutor. and is available on Steam.

Zombies are approaching you and you have to type the correct letter to kill them. As the levels progress you have to type faster and the characters required increase from 1 letter to entire words.

It is definitely gory but then it is a Zombie game and that's part of the fun.

What's most important is that it is great fun so your kid is going to want to keep playing.

I'm terrible at typing. Still look at the keys. But I do own a Dreamcast, an original copy of TotD, as well as two Dreamcast keyboards. I'm very tempted to hook it up when I get home.
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jeffwiles wrote:

Typing... blah blah blah.... We are missing an important point.


EgorjLileli wrote:
my 13-year old


When did Little MMB grow up!?!?!?

Wasn't she eight last week?




Well....I bet that Ian isn't a toddler anymore either!!??
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