We were invited to review Keyboard Town Pals. This is a learn to type program geared for children 6-12 that claims to teach children how to type in less than one hour. There are eight lessons (about 7 minutes long) that build on each other to teach kids the right finger placement and movement for typing with a focus on keeping their eyes on the screen. The backspace is disabled so that mistakes are not emphasized or corrected.
The basis of the program is that some letter characters live on home street, some uptown, some downtown. Lesson one introduces Amy who lives in the “a” position on home street. S,D and F are also taught, and then Amy can go uptown to Q, or downtown to Z. Lesson Two starts where Lesson One ended and adds the letters X, W and the space bar.
This program is available in English, Spanish, or French and is currently on sale for $30.00 as a web-based or CD Rom product.
We thought this program was Okay. The kids were encouraged to get their fingers on the right keys instead of hunting and pecking. The OCD in my children didn’t like that they couldn’t correct their mistakes. This was a product that was a little hard for us to review because we received the online version. My children’s school computer is not equipped with online access so it limited the amount of time we could spend with this product. The CD-Rom would have been much easier for us, but we remain thankful to be included for this review.
We received this product for free to offer an honest review which I believed has been accomplished by this blog. Other crew members received this product to review and you can find their reviews as well as mine here.
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