I've never run into the situation where Latin
was all that necessary in my adult life but there is
one class that I've never regretted taking...typing. I took it
quite by accident. I had an extra class opening one semester
that I had to fill and my counselor, wisely sensing that I was
destined for a lifetime of either typing or digging ditches, tossed me in a typing class.
Since this was BC (before computers) we didn't have typing tutor
software, just drill after drill after drill.
In any event that was some good luck. Who was to know that
computers would develop into such an everyday tool and typing
skills would come in so handy. I got my first computer job because I was
able to pass a typing test.
In the future we may be talking to our
computers or even have a direct link to our brains, but typing
skills are something that I believe will be an incredibly
valuable skill for the foreseeable future.
Animated Typing is for the pre-K through 3
grade set with a series of games that teaches proper fingering
and is tons of fun for a young kid with sound effects and
The "Jumping Letters" drill can be set for any
pace. Each time the correct letter is selected an animated "thingie",
chosen by the user, removes the letter.
The "Letter Drill" game allows students to
choose letters to practice. At the end of the drill a report is
generated with words per minute, errors and time. A cartoon is
played as a reward.
"Flying Letters" is the most advanced and is
an arcade style game. The student sets the speed of the game, it
generates a report at the end and a funny animation is the
Animated Beginning Typing is from
Flix Productions and I've
seen and used all of their products. Not only is the animation
fun but they really seemed to speak directly to kids. A special
Animated Alphabet but don't get me wrong, all of their
products are winners.
All Flix Productions programs use a
non-Windows GUI so they'll run on any version of Windows.
If you're looking for a typing tutor geared
more towards older kids/adults be sure and check out
Tutor, a 14 lesson course that'll have you touch typing in