If you are accessing this course on the desktop or a laptop, Google Chrome (currently the most popular browser in the world) is the recommended browser for this site, and switching to it will likely solve any issues you may be experiencing. It is a free download, easy to install, and available for all platforms.
Other major browsers, such as Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer should generally be ok, however please make sure you are using a current version. Older versions or other browsers may give inconsistent results.
Some third-party extensions for web browsers, such as ad blockers, might interefere with the typing functionality. If you are using such an extension, turn it off temporarily and see if that is the cause. If so, it should be possible to whitelist this site so that the extension is turned off for this site only.
This course is not designed to be used with a soft keyboard on a tablet, although it has been successfully tested to work with iOS devices (iPad and iPhone). If you are on Android or a Windows Mobile device it is hit or miss, however it should work absolutely fine with an external keyboard. It is highly recommended to learn touch typing on a physical keyboard for the tactile feedback, and bluetooth keyboards can be obtained very inexpensively these days (i.e. as little as $10). This is a VERY worthwhile investment to learn touch typing, a skill which will last you a lifetime.
If you're still having problems, you can still access the old, Flash-based version of the course here.
General Information for Parents:Practicing Keyboarding at Home
All students should practice their keyboarding regularly. They may practice using their own keyboarding software, the web sites listed below or the practice sheets that are available in our classroom as well as below. Students who do not have regular access to a computer should use the practice sheets with a stand alone keyboard (available from Mrs. Wargo.)
UltraKey Lesson Practice Sheets
These practice sheets directly align with the lessons and quizzes the students are doing at school.
The first link opens as a web page which you can print directly or copy and paste into your own word processing program to format as you wish.
The second link is a Word document, which is formatted and ready to print. If you do not have MS Word, you can download a free Word Viewer here. This free download will let you view, print and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed.
Lesson 1 Lesson 1 as Word Document
Lesson 2(all capitals) Lesson 2 as Word Document (all capitals)
Lesson 2 (lowercase & capitals) Lesson 2 as Word Document (lowercase & capitals)
Lesson 3 Lesson 3 as Word Document
Lesson 4 Lesson 4 as Word Document
Lesson 5 Lesson 5 as Word Document
Lesson 6 Lesson 6 as Word Document
Lesson 7 Lesson 7 as Word Document
Lesson 8 Lesson 8 as Word Document
Lesson 9 Lesson 9 as Word Document
**= best for beginning students
Keyboard Jigsaw Puzzles
** 12 Piece Color Coded Keyboard Puzzle12 piece color coded puzzle.exe
**44 Piece Color Coded Keyboard Puzzle (very challenging)44 piece color coded puzzle.exe
Other Keyboarding Sites of Interest
Keyboarding Tips for Students http://www.bytesoflearning.com/UltraKey/HTTKB/Tips.htm
Keyboarding Software Reviews http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/typing/
Any keyboarding program will help your child as long as they use it regularly. Choose anything that motivates your child. Frequent short practice sessions are better than infrequent long sessions. Stress fluency and keyboarding with good posture and without looking at the keys. Speed will come after fluency and familiarity, after repeated practice.
**Learn the Keys http://www.abcya.com/keyboard.htm
**Dance Mat Typing http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
Peter's Online Typing Coursehttp://www.typing-lessons.org/
A set of free online typing lessons and typing exercises beginning with the home keys.
Online lessons to learn the keys and games for building speed. Will give you scores for words-per-minute and errors-per-minute.
Free Program that lets you exercise and learn Touch Typing. Practice online or download the program to do offline.Builds slowly, two keys at a time. Also includes numeric keypad practice, games and a timed test to use when user has learned all of the finger positions, as well as the option to paste in your own text to practice typing.
Site description: For the most part, practicing will be with words having a meaning. But at first, to get used to touch-typing, we will practice the lessons with random text (up to Lesson 7). Use the lessons only for the beginning to gradually get used to touch-typing. Please understand that the real practice is with meaningful words and that you don't learn a lot from practicing random text.
To practice real words, copy a text from anywhere (sites, word processor, etc.) and paste your text inside the text box by clicking the right mouse button and selecting "paste".
**Games to Build Speed that are Modifiable
Get your fingers ready for the groove and type your favorite dancing moves. Fun characters will show off your skills. Find your favorite dance tune to play along.
3 Timed events test your knowledge of the keyboard. Are you up to the challenge?
**The Frogs are off Their Diet http://www.freetypinggame.net/play3.asp
Type the words before the frogs eat the letters. Bonus points for bugs.
**Save the Sailboat Racehttp://www.freetypinggame.net/play1.asp
Falling letters are ruining the sailboat race. Type the words or groups of letters before they run into the boats.
**Outerspace Fleet Commanderhttp://www.freetypinggame.net/play2.asp
Outerspace letter aliens are stopping your ships from flying through the galaxy. Type the words or group of letters before they run into your ships. Words with multipliers earn more points.
**Desert Typing Racerhttp://www.freetypinggame.net/play14.asp
Looking for adventure? Like the thrill of driving down the highway at supersonic speeds and jumping over cars in your way? Let's play!
**Trick or Typehttp://www.freetypinggame.net/play17.asp
The Trick or Treat Ghosts want candy. Help them collect candy by typing the words or characters dropping from the sky. Try not to be too scared!
**Meteor Typing Blasthttp://www.freetypinggame.net/play11.asp
Flying Meteors and UFOs are coming at your spaceship from every direction. Use your typing skills to blast them out of the universe!
Strange creatures are wiggling their way down from space. Stop them by typing. The more you type the faster they get. Bonus points for UFOs!
**Martian City Defenderhttp://www.freetypinggame.net/play13.asp
Flying laser beams are trying to destroy the Martian Colony. Defend the colony and save the little green aliens! Watch out for the letter drops in bonus rounds.
Advanced Speed Builders- You must know all the correct finger positions to play the following games.
Typer Shark -http://get.games.yahoo.com/proddesc?gamekey=typershark
This program will not teach you the keys, it will just let you practice your keyboarding to build speed. You must already know all of the finger positions. Zap sharks and piranha as you dive for sunken treasure! Improve your typing speed while having fun!
There are 3 options. A free online version, a downloadable trial version or the full game which must be purchased but then can be played without being online.
Cup Stacking GameTyping Gamehttp://www.surfnetkids.com/games/cup_stacking.htm
Helps build speed. You must know all the keys. Type the black letters shown on the stacking cups.
Type the alphabet (in ABC order) in the fastest time possible. Ask a parent if you may submit your name (first name only or nickname) and score to see if you make it to the Hall of Fame.
The Typing of the Ghostshttp://www.surfnetkids.com/games/ghost_typing.htm
The ghosts are coming! Type quickly to destroy them! Use both hands and all ten fingers
to practice your speed typing as your type words to destroy the ghosts in this Halloween typing game. You must know all of the keys.
Type Type Revolution http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/type_type_revolution.htm
Practice speed with this game. You must know all the letters. Type the letters as they pass through the bar. Pick your song, adjust your difficulty level.
Bubbles Typing Game http://www.typingmaster.com/individuals/bubbles.asp
Push your typing skills to their limits by playing this popular online typing game that works in any Java(TM) 1.1 compatible web browser. Your target is to burst the rising bubbles by pressing the character shown in them. The more bubbles you burst, the better score your score. Practice letters or numbers or both. Option to practice the number keypad.
Foggies Typing Gamehttp://www.powertyping.com/fog/foggies.html
Pick a song and speed level. Type words as they appear. You must know all the keys.