***Android users need to have either a Bluetooth keyboard or connected keyboard to complete the typing lessons***
Free Typing Lessons and Test will teach you how to touch type quickly without looking at the keyboard. The program is designed to work for all students and skill levels, whether you are beginning as a kid or an adult. A benefit of this app is that it can work on your Chromebook or a tablet and you don’t need to have a computer online.
After teaching middle school Computer Applications and typing for the past several years I realized that many of the free online typing programs had several flaws. The biggest problem I found was that many of my students would never learn to use the correct fingers to type with when only using the most popular sites.
Online typing tutors almost always teach the pointer fingers first, and for students who are already used to hunting and pecking they don’t transition to the less used fingers redly, so this app teaches typing using a different approach.
To the best of my knowledge this app and accompanying website www.freetypinglessons.club has the only method that begins teaching the pinkies first and then proceeds to the fingers that students are already used to using. I have found that this method breaks bad habits early and sets students up to successfully type while using the correct fingers. I have also made the learning process easier by color coding the keys creating an alliterating pneumonic device to assist with learning (Pink - pinkies, Red - ring fingers, Mint-Green - middle fingers, and Purple - pointers).
The introductory lessons are designed for learners to develop correct muscle memory when typing the keys. The process systematically begins with home row weak fingers, and then adds top row and bottom row in a way that will teach correct finger position automatically and help break bad typing habits naturally.
As the lessons progress to beginner and intermediate typing lessons students will type text that works on proper reaches. Some programs deviate from this method at this point and prefer to type words first, however this program focuses on teaching muscle memory and proper keying technique, so many letter combinations are systematically introduced so as to help students master the entire keyboard.
Aside from the lessons, students may take a timed typing test. Test options include beginner (lowercase only), intermediate (capitals and lowercase), and advanced (includes numbers and symbols). The typing test duration can be setup for between one and five minutes long, and your results are displayed instantly.
Other benefits of this typing program are that it tracks how long is spent on each individual lesson, and it tracks the total amount of time typed overall. Data from each key is recorded, and you can identify your percentage accuracy for each letter of the alphabet. Students earn points for each letter correctly typed, and stars are earned for finishing lessons with a high degree of accuracy. In addition to these features you can view your typing test statistics which will show up to the last 20 tests that you have taken.
It’s my pleasure to be a middle school typing teacher and to provide this app developed from my years of experience. I know you will find learning to type beneficial in your life and if this app helps I hope you give it a positive rating.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, suggestions, or need support via email: firstname.lastname@example.org