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August 22, 2012 11:38 AM   Subscribe

I'd like your recommendations for online learn-to-touch-type software!

I'm planning on running a programming club at a high school. I expect many of my students will not know how to touch type, and I'm sure it's a lot less fun to program without being able to type quickly.

Therefore I'm asking for recommendations for learn-to-touch-type software to help my students learn to type and therefore be successful in learning to program.

1. Free (or real close to it)
2. Available online, runs in a browser - FF or Safari (I'm not sure I'm going to be able to install software on these computers)
3. Provides some kind of guidance/framework for going from hunt-and-peck to touch typing.
4. Likely to be fun for 14-18 year old students.
5. Bonus if it has optional typing practice in other languages!

If you know of Mac software that is so incredible it would be worth figuring out how to get permission to install it, I'd like to hear about that too.
posted by Salvor Hardin to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My floor of the dorm in college lost a quarter to TyperShark. It doesn't meet your criteria for #3, but hits 1, 2, and 4.

It's WAY more fun and addicting than you think it's going to be.

The upper levels also have non-word typing (random strings of letters), which may actually even help your programmer kids more.
posted by phunniemee at 12:39 PM on August 22, 2012 [2 favorites]

Best answer: TypingClub


TypeRacer School Edition
posted by plokent at 2:08 PM on August 22, 2012

Zombie Typocalypse is one that one of the teen boys I work with recommended to me.
posted by goggie at 2:28 PM on August 22, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks all! Those are great. plokent - those are perfect for helping students learn to touch type, and goggie and phunniemee - those look great for kids to practice with.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:32 PM on August 23, 2012

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