Best Typing Programs for Kids

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Originally published in 2011
Updated in 2022

What typing (keyboarding) computer programs and websites are recommended by librarians, teachers, parents, and students?

Typing should be a required skill kids learn either at school or at home! In my experience, touch typing was THE BEST and MOST USEFUL class I took in high school.

That’s why I signed my kids up for an in-person touch-typing class one summer of middle school. And the class paid off big time because almost everything they do in high school and in university requires a keyboard. Being able to type means they can get their thoughts down on paper faster, and finish sooner.

Consider these benefits:

  • typing well lets you get your thoughts on paper faster
  • typing helps you finish your assignments faster

I think it’s best to wait until kids’ hands are big enough to reach the keys on the keyboard, probably around 8 or 9 years old.

Also, use a keyboard with bumps on the f and j keys. Then, cover the keyboard with the lid of a cardboard box. This will help your kids will look at the screen and not down at their hands.

Best Typing Programs for Kids

Typing.com 

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Typing.com is one of the most popular typing program choices for teachers and librarians to teach kids keyboarding skills.  The benefits of this program are that it tracks student progress and is compatible with Google classroom. Teachers and librarians surveyed preferred this site most of all. Because there are ads, they can make the program crash according to one teacher.

Typetastic

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Popular with many classrooms, you can use the free version or paid version. The program has young children begin learning where the letters are located and mouse skills. Use the free for these younger kids. For more advanced options, then try the paid subscription. It will give you more proactive and you can track student progress.

Typing Club

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Typing Club is a popular typing program choice for kids that many librarians use. You can get it for free with ads or pay $4 a student and use it without ads. This program can track student progress which librarians and teachers prefer.

Dance Mat Typing

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What typing (keyboarding) computer programs and websites are recommended by librarians, teachers parents, and students?

Fun and popular, this is a great choice from the BBC.

NitroType

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What typing (keyboarding) computer programs and websites are recommended by librarians, teachers parents, and students?

This is FUN and elementary students love it. It’s a game where kids practice typing. It’s not as instructive as the other programs so use it in conjunction with other instructional websites. Typing.com includes NitroType.

Keyboarding without Tears

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What typing (keyboarding) computer programs and websites are recommended by librarians, teachers parents, and students?

Not many educators use this website but it was mentioned by one librarian.

More Keyboarding Websites

Typing Games from Slime Kids (free online typing games)

ABCya Typing Game (free online typing game)

Type Kids (paid typing website for kids to learn typing)

What programs do you use?

When did you start with your kids?

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  1. Thank you for sharing! We are so glad that, as a former elementary teacher, you believe typing.com is a great tool for teachers and students in the classroom! Our new grade-based curriculum also teaches digital literacy and citizenship, which is very important now that remote learning has been implemented in many districts in some form or fashion. https://www.typing.com/blog/digital-citizenship-grade-level-updates/

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