Giving our children adequate fluency in their use of computers can be key to their future lives, and typing skills are one of the first steps in that purpose.
For this, there are multiple options to access online training -almost always free- in this area. Let’s review some of them, adapted to different audiences and needs:
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Typing.com is a portal that offers free typing lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. As we go through them a virtual keyboard will accompany us that will show us which keys we press, correctly or incorrectly.
When we enter the web, everything will be in English, but by clicking on the flag of the navigation bar we will be able to change not only the language of the web interface, but also that of the syllabus and the keyboard configuration, allowing to leave it 100% prepared for Spanish users.
The web provides us with information about our accuracy and speed, as well as about the keys with which we have problems. To keep track of our progress we will have to register (free). The web also has a portal for teachers that allows them to manage their students and track their activity.
Mecanografia-online.com is a website in Spanish (although it also offers other languages) that is distinguished by offering the possibility of learning to use different types of keyboard in addition to the popular QWERTY (such as DVORAK or AZERTY).
It gives us the option of doing exercises with letters, with sample texts or with a text that we provide, and offers advice on how to distribute the fingers on the keyboard. On its cover they offer small video tutorials to know all the options on the page.
Speed Typing Online
Speed Typing Online is a website that puts more emphasis on beginners, although it also offers content of interest for advanced users. If we register (it’s free, we remember) we can track our progress. The web is only in english.
It has a speed test and typing games, but what interests us is its Tutor, who allows us to progress through almost fifty lessons that start with the basics: learn the layout of letters on the keyboard.
Artypist offers typing lessons, speed test and 3 children’s games intended to improve our keyboard skills. The course is made up of 10 lessons with 14 exercises each.
The website, which is in Spanish, even offers the option to download a certificate once we have completed all the lessons. It also houses a specific typing course for schools and institutes which, despite being usually paid, is now available for free for the coronavirus crisis.
Ratatype is another website (in Spanish) useful for learning typography. Like others, it also offers a speed test.
Although it is available to individual users, Its greatest utility is the option it offers to teachers to follow up on students, to which they can even group by teams so that they learn by competing.
TypingClub is a website multilingual, both in its interface and in its contents, which will offer us a multitude of ‘study plans’ both to learn typing and to practice it ‘rewriting’ stories.
The course emphasizes techniques to help us memorize the location of the keys and put our fingers in the correct places.
Meganografia.com is the only paid website on the list: access to the full course costs € 74.95, although we can try the first lessons for free. In total there are 30 lessons structured around a pirate adventure, and the platform sends progress progress to the student’s parents every time he finishes a lesson.
One of its biggest attractions is it is an ‘adaptive algorithm’ that allows the platform to learn from mistakes: exercises are automatically adapted so that students practice the letters that are most problematic.