While I would like to think my children will always have opportunity to write using an actual pen and paper, odds are being on a computer will be far more prevalent. Knowing this might be the case, I want to give my children the necessary skills to navigate the world of technology and the typing skills to process documents quickly.
Normally I have the kids use an online program which has so far served us well. Recently, however, an alternative was presented for us to review and so far I am fairly impressed.
Ultimate Typing 2013 is a thorough learning program, designed to produce consistent results. With lessons ranging from beginner to advanced, speed and accuracy are sure to be obtained. Courses in ergonomics, dictation, and numeric key pads are a finishing touch which deserve a mention as well.
Upon opening the application for the first time, you will be walked through the process of establishing users. For each user you will need to pinpoint a speed goal and an accuracy goal for the courses to follow. Once goals are appointed, your fun begins!
A main screen with a series of folders will launch, these folders are what you will use to navigate through the world of Ultimate Typing.
For those new to typing, there is a “Getting Started” series to help you become better acquainted with both Ultimate Typing and your keyboard. You may then proceed to the “Beginner Typing Course” where another set of helpful videos will walk you through the beginning stages of typing.
Once basic typing skills have been achieved, your learner is free to move on to “Advanced Typing” lessons and more. There are separate courses for those looking to build accuracy and speed. If you are looking to take things a step further, lessons on ergonomics, dictation, numeric key pads, and fast typing tonics are available as well.
Need more practice? Try the “Free Study” course folder, which has practice a-plenty! Pick through a wide range of lessons, varying in difficulty and skill, to build your accuracy.
If you are looking for something beyond just everyday practice, consider the numerous games which are included in Ultimate Typing. There are four sub-category folders with several games each to help you advance your speed and accuracy.
Personally, I like this program. It has a thorough study of the field, as opposed to a simple “let’s get typing” approach. I appreciate the videos on how important posture, ergonomics, and typing are. I also like how you can track your child’s progress, both in accuracy and speed, allowing you to see where their greatest areas of need are.
The one complication I did run into was not being able to load this on my children’s laptop. This was through no fault of the application though; our operating system is apparently too old to run this program. If I want them to use Ultimate Typing it must be on my computer.
Overall, I think eReflect has done a nice job with Ultimate Typing. They are offering a very efficient program for a nominal fee ($29.95). I wish I had come across this several years back when my kids were just starting out. For now, we will progress with the more advanced courses and test our skills in dictation.
Which typing program are you currently using?