Online Typing Programs: Dance Mat Typing Reviewed

Do you have kids who want to learn how to touch-type? Dance Mat Typing is an interactive typing education tool aimed at children. This fun, free, easy-to-use program is reviewed here. Schools offering Information Processing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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What Is It?

Dance Mat Typing is a free, online-only program offered by the BBC. The program is structured as a series of four levels, each consisting of three lessons. Children are definitely the target audience for this program - the animated animal characters that narrate the lessons refer to users as 'kids.' Each lesson focuses on a specific set of keys on a QWERTY keyboard, with the first exercise focused on the home row. Lessons begin with an interactive, animated demonstration of correct keying and explanation of typing concepts (like the use of the 'f' and 'j' keys for hand orientation). Each lesson is narrated by the animated teacher and demonstrated by cartoon hands onscreen.

What Makes It Cool?

The graphics and sounds used for this program will likely make it very appealing to kids. The dancing cartoon animals that provide support and praise during the exercises will be particularly entertaining for young users. Dance Mat Typing does not require signing up or logging in; the program's simple interface and clear instructions may well allow kids to use it without adult assistance.

What Are Its Drawbacks?

One potential drawback of the program for American users is that the animals speak with U.K. accents. For example, the sunglasses-wearing goat that introduces the first lesson speaks with a Scottish accent, rolling his 'r' sounds. This might make it hard for some kids to understand what's being said. Additionally, the colorful and fun elements that make this program so suitable for kids might be annoying for older users. The lessons are useful, but other programs would probably be better for adults who want to improve touch-typing skills.

Where Can I Find it?

You can check out Dance Mat Typing here.

Check out reviews of Typing Master and Typing Web, two touch-typing programs for older users.

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