Choosing the correct touch typing software for students can pose a real headache for schools and teachers, simply because there are so many to choose from. At the end of the day, they should all do the same thing, teach students to touch type. So where do you start and what should you look for? A good typing software should be inclusive, safe and secure, record progress and have an effective and proven teaching method that builds muscle memory, producing results.
BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing
BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing is a free resource and uses a similar method of teaching as several other typing software. Their teaching method includes videos, colour coded keys, games, badges, loud audio and bright moving visuals, etc.
Image – BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing
Does this method really work? Is there any science or research behind it to say it does? Does in build muscle memory and automaticity and most importantly, is it truly inclusive and suitable for the whole class?
Some mainstream typing software claim to be SEN enabled but when you try them out, it is not always the case. Children get diagnosed with differences such as dyslexia at different stages of their school life. Until they are, they struggle to learn due to various challenges such as visual disturbances. If you think about it, how can a child learn to read, spell, write or type when the letters in front of them are blurred, jumping around or moving off the page altogether, accompanied with loud audio and continual onscreen distractions?
As mentioned above, if you want to be assured of choosing the right typing software, choose one that is safe and secure for online learning, easy to use, developed through research, tried, tested, proven to work, industry recognised and one that is truly inclusive and caters for the whole class.
KAZ is an inclusive touch typing software suitable for both mainstream and special needs students
Scientifically developed through research by a team of experts responsible for producing 55 RSA/NVQ courses
Trialled and tested by 18,000 students per year, over 3 years, in 300 private training centres across the UK
Uses a proven Accelerated Learning teaching method, incorporating both brain balance and muscle memory
Includes a special module for developing automaticity
All SEN aspects were developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust
Includes a unique ©preference screen, minimising visual disturbances before students start learning
Simple in presentation, easy to use and delivered in a light hearted-manner
Safe and secure - KAZ are members of ICO.org and ensure your student data is protected
Teacher’s admin panel allows easy upload of student lists and monitoring of student progress in real-time
Affordable - prices to suit all school budgets
Available: Download for Mac/PC, SCORM & Online, the new mode of learning, for practice beyond the classroom
The KAZ course has proven so effective that it was shortlisted as a finalist for several academic awards: Bett Awards in 2006 and 2019, Teach Primary 2019/20 and Teach Secondary 2019/20.
There are not many typing tutors which have been tried, tested, proven and used by the Open University
KAZ Type Vs Bitesize Dance Mat Typing
Why teach children how to touch type?
Children are like sponges, they absorb information without even realising it and it has been proven that the earlier they begin learning, the easier it is for them to master a skill.
As for neurodivergent students, touch typing offers a new medium for learning and communicating, building confidence and self-esteem. In some cases, it can be life-changing!
Once you’ve mastered the skill, touch typing is the fastest way to write. It just takes a little dedication and practice but the most important things to remember are:
Don’t rush – work at your own pace
Follow the instructions
Always start with your fingers on the ‘home row’ and use the correct fingers
Take a break when you’re tired of concentrating or when your eyes, hands and fingers are tired
Safety at the computer
Take care of yourself and prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Sit with correct posture and follow the guidance below.
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