With home, school and the workplace becoming more reliant on computers every day, it’s important to educate your students on how to use a keyboard.
If pupils aren’t familiar with a keyboard, work across the curriculum can suffer. Assignments can take much longer and marks can be lost through students relying on handwriting. On a physical level, evidence shows that people who only type with 2 fingers are more likely to suffer from repetitive strain injury in later life.
Practice using word processors is one way to improve students skills with a keyboard, but many schools are now using educational games instead. Far more engaging and fun, these games are more likely to keep students practicing, even out of school hours. There are plenty available on the net, but we’ve found some of the best for you to try.
Clockwords – An innovative take on traditional typing games. Rather than getting players to type words seen on the screen, this game requires players to create their own words using a list of letters. A useful tool for helping build vocabulary and improve keyboard skills.
Key Master 3 – Good graphics and an exciting premise make this one of the most entertaining typing games available. The game requires you to spell real words based on four levels of difficulty, making it good practice for students of any ability.
Spacebar Invaders – Based on the traditional arcade game, Spacebar Invaders requires players to type groups of letters and stop an alien attack. Despite an easy start, the rising difficulty of this game will keep pupils coming back for more.