We have been working with Bytes of Learning yearly subscription to UltraKey Online Family Subscription. We were given up to 7 users on this subscription which is perfect for a large family. You can purchase individual and school subscripitions as well.
The student with the most interest was my 13 year old daughter. She has been wanting to learn to type for some time, and hasn't had great success with other typing programs. She saw her Uncle typing at our house one time and she mentioned, wanting to learn to type so she didn't have to do it with 2 fingers like him. It was a struggle to watch him type!
This program works best with North American keyboards, but they are working on a version for UK, Australia and New Zealand.
It is compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome books and Ipads. We used ours with Windows on a laptop.
We were given an exclusive link for our family, which I had to hunt down in the email sometimes. I wasn't computer savvy enough to realize I could somehow save it in my favorites to make it easier to get to.
Within the exclusive link, you can have sign ins for each member of the family. You begin this program by setting a goal. I had the computer set a goal for my daughter since she is brand new to typing.
To prepare the student for lessons, there are 2 movies that will be watched. The first is on Posture, and proper way to sit and square yourself up to do your typing. The second movie is on fingering which gives you the names of the fingers, keys and readies you for the lessons. The movies are just over 1 minute in length, and then has a small test to make sure you learned it. When you start the lessons, you have about a 3 minute video to watch. You can't get to the lessons until you watch these videos first.
The lessons also build upon themselves, beginning with the home row and adding in letters as you go. It also teaches numbers in a series of lessons. You need to be skillful in each lesson to move on.
There is a typing forum where you can take typing tests or use the typing tool for practice.
The dashboard allows me to manage each of the students. I can set goals, adjust settings, see their progress, and print out reports and certificates.
I can print out a diploma, typing certificate, and merit award. These are fun for the younger kids to get a reward as they progress. I am going to have to set up my 10 year old to learn this, he would enjoy getting the printed certificates.
I had planned on my college student trying this program, but he was always busy working on college work. So I played around with his account.
It was fun to go through the various typing tests and realize I may need some more practice, at least to get rid of some poor habits of mine. I tend to put a space after the end of the sentence, even when I was supposed to be starting a new paragraph. That dinged me quite often. It does hem you in and make you think more about your typing. It is set that you can't back space and fix your errors either.
I think my daughter is getting a lot out of this program. UltraKey online has been her favorite learn to type program so far and she has tried several of them. It is very straight forward, and easy to learn with. Perfect for every homeschool student to learn to type and not be like my brother the hen pecker.
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