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Keyboarding Class for middle school student
There is nothing recent in the files on keyboarding classes for students in
middle school. Typing software hasn't been a great solution for my child. I'm
looking for a class where he can learn ''touch typing'' in Berkeley.
knowing how to type is important
My kids took the keyboarding class at the Center for Accessible Technology in
Berkeley. They both took it in the summer. I'm not sure if they offer it during
the school year, but they might be able to refer you to a class if you can't
wait until summer.
The Center for Accessible Technology offers keyboarding classes for children
with disabilities (including learning disabilities). The classes are for
students grades 4 - 12. Classes include 8 one-hour sessions at a total cost of
$300. Classes will run from January 28th through February 12, 2013 from 4:30 -
5:30. You may call 510 841-3224 or visit our website (www.cforat.org) to get
more information and download a registration form. Click on the link for
''Direct Service'' and then go to the page for ''Keyboarding.''
My son's second grader teacher has recommended that he starts typing lessons, since
it is evident that writing won't be his forte. I have been told that it is too early for this,
but she insists that now is the time. Any recommendations for a typing tutor with
experience with young kids? Thanks!
We bought my daughter a Spongebob typing program for our computer. She begged us for it
(she was just about to enter 1st grade at the time and is in 2nd grade now. It has been
Her typing skills are pretty amazing for her age, and she has blast playing with it. My
son has used it on occasion (he is 11) and he likes it too. Might be cheaper and more
fun than a tutor.
Plus, you can set the schedule, so it'll fit into your day better.
I want my son, currently in 6th grade, to take a
keyboarding class next summer. You know, like those typing
classes some of us remember from way back when, where we
learned to type without looking, using all 10 fingers, had
timed practice, and tried to use erasable paper? Ok, I'm
pretty old. Can anyone recommend a teacher/place, and give
me some information. thanks.
DVC has a summer program called College For Kids for grades
4-8 and they used to have keyboarding classes at both
Pleasant Hill and San Ramon campuses--not sure about now.
hunt and peck :)
Try the Center for Accessible Technology at 2547 8th Street in Berkeley:
My 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter both attended the program
after school last spring. Both continue to use the skills they learned there;
I often waited in an adjacent area, and know first hand that the instructor and
2-3 additional volunteers provided a very warm, supportive and engaging
The Center for Accessible Technology is a great place to learn
Anyone know of an effective touch typing (but I guess it's now
called ''keyboarding'') program that can be downloaded off the
Internet? My daughter's good with computers, but still hunts and
pecks her way through the alphabet.
Many people like the 'Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing' program, available to check out for free
from your local libraries
I learned to type using an old classic (low priced?) software
that was really fun & super easy, by Mavis Beacon. Sorry, don't
know of the free downloads though.
Now that my daughter has started middle school, she wants to
type her homeowork and assignments more often, but has never
really learned to type. Before she gets too attached to the
hunt-and-peck method (she keeps getting better/faster!), I'd
like her to learn the ten-finger way. Any recommendations for
good learn-to-type software that would be appropriate for an 11
year old? Thanks.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Someone recomended it to me and I loved it- they have
personalized drills and games as well so it doesnt get too
boring. 10-20 min. a day, and she'll be typing well in a a couple
I am seeking a tutor to help my son with handwriting and/or keyboarding.
Poor fine motor skills and difficulty writing are neg. impacting my middle
schoolers academic performance.
The Boy's Mom
You might try the Center for Accessible Technology. They don't have
tutoring, but offer some summer classes in both keyboarding and
computer literacy. The computer literacy class is designed for students
that struggle with writing due to learning disabilities.
For information, check the website
www.cforat.org/children/keyboarding.html, email ddew AT cforat.org or call Diane at 510-841-3224.
Does anyone know of a good learn-to-type program suitable for a
I've asked his English and computer teachers with no success. My
daughter learned with Mavis Beacon (and motivational practice IM-ing),
which was pretty dull but did the trick. Is there anything else out there?
I'd like to get my son practicing the ''right'' way before he gets too set in
his hunt-and-peck method, and he has a lower tolerance for boredom
than my daughter did.
I can't recommend a computer program per se -- so far as
I've seen Mavis B is about as good as you get. But there
are alternatives (to quote the venerable Obi-Wan Kenobi.)
Both of our boys had great success learning to type in
short-term classes offered by the Center for Accessible
Technology in West Berkeley during the summer. But sign up
now because space is limited.
The classes are very useful even if your kid has already
picked up some of the rudiments of the QWERTY keyboard. I
can't explain their teaching system (the ''Herzog method'')
other than to say that it is multisensory and that it works
well. (Far less drudgery, and more effective, than learning
on a manual typewriter in summer school, as I did in the
Although their primary focus is on helping kids with
learning and other disabilities to acquire these skills, the
classes are open to all (or were a few years ago, anyway.)
Here's the link to their website's keyboarding page:
CAT is reasonably priced (to suit all parts of the
commnity.) Both of our kids picked up what they needed in
something between two weeks and a month one summer, and have
been keyboard monsters ever since.
A final note: It's remarkable to see what participation in
various kinds of online fora (e.g., on computer games like
World of Warcraft, etc. etc.) will do both for typing speed
and, surprisingly enough, for composition and grammar,
especially if the kid wants to use good grammar and write
well. Interest is all, I guess. Go figure!
I'm looking for keyboarding classes for my 7th grader. He's
practiced some using Mavis Beacon but isn't getting far.
Does anyone know where such classes are offered in the
In response to the parent looking for keyboarding/typing classes, I can
tell you about the keyboarding classes we offer at the Center for
Accessbible Technology in Berkeley. Classes are for students entering
4th-12th grade. They are particularly great for students with various
learning disabilities, but are open to all students. Most of the summer
classes are filled; there may be one or two openings in the August class.
If you are interested, contact Diane at ddew AT cforat.org or 510-841-
3224. Even if the August class doesn't fit your schedule, I can put you
on the mailing list for the fall class.
Can anyone recommend software that teaches typing/keyboarding,
appropriate for an 11-year-old? I would appreciate any
suggestions you can provide.
Based on responses to a similar posting here not long ago, I
got ''Typing Instructor Deluxe''. I have to admit that while I
think it is very good, well designed, with a variety of fun
games, my 10-year-old just isn't interested in doing it. I
think if your son is actually interested in learning to type,
this will be a good way to make it fun. But it may not be
inherently fun enough to get him interested if he doesn't
already want to learn. (Does that make sense?)
I learned how to type by using the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
software program. I think it's fantastic! It's easy and fun to
use. It shows you how and where to place your fingers as you
type and it has fun, interactive games. As you progress, the
program informs you of your typing speed and is able to sense
which keystrokes are giving you trouble. I highly recommend
Read, Write & Type was super for my daughter. May be a bit
young for 11 but probably not offensively so.
Type to Learn. I use it in my elementary school and it is also used in
middle school. Easy and fun, with games and charts to track progress.
Kids as young as 7 have enjoyed it, and my learning disabled students
are able at access it successfully as well. I've seen it for sale at
CompUSA, or probably online from Sunburst.
If he/she already knows the basics here is a typing game (for
If the link doesn't work go here and click on Typer Shark:
The school where I teach uses Type to Learn. It looks great. I
asked our technology teacher about it and she said a bunch of
computer stuff I didn't understand, but I did gather that it has
only got a few flaws in it, and those aren't until the very
upper levels. When watching my students work on it I can see
that they are doing typing drills as part of different lessons,
they then take a test to see how well they mastered the skill.
After the 5th (?) level they are given the option of game breaks
that are basically games that involve typing. The kids really
love it... in fact last week for technology class they requested
to work on typing instead of doing web searches. I also know
that several other teachers have purchased the program for thier
kids to use at home since they liked what they saw too.
a teacher & mom
I purchased the ''Slam Dunk'' typing program from amazon,,,
It is a great program, my son (thirteen) plays it like a game.
Instead of the boring typing we suffered through (jjj,fff, etc)
you do similar exercises while passing the basketball between
players. Other set ups play a game and you type letters to pass
and shoot. It is very clever and he liked it so much he played
it in his spare time like a ''game.'' His typing is much
improved! and the game is only around five bucks to boot!
Before each lesson it gives very clear instructions and shows
you the key patterns - which fingers to use for which keys on
the screen. I think kids from 6 on up would be able to use this
slam dunk works!
My son will be entering fifth grad in the fall. During school
open-house, I noticed that most of the fifth-grade work was
typed (word-processed), but the school does not actually teach
the kids keyboarding. I guess they just hunt-and-peck a lot,
and/or rely on their parents to type stuff up for them. I
believe that if typed assignments are required, the kids should
have at least some idea of how to do it
correctly/quickly/efficiently (not to mention ergonomically,
which is probably too much to ask). I am looking for feedback
from anyone who has used any of the available keyboarding
teaching programs (software or available via internet),
especially for kids, and most especially for 9-year-old boys.
He is pretty comfortable at the computer- (games, mouse-use,
brief hunt-and-peck typing), but not really the ''studious'' type
(are any of them at this age?), so he probably won't do it
unless it's FUN. At the same time, I want something that will
adjust to his individual performance, report accuracy and
speed, and ideally, can keep track of more than one ''student''.
We use Typing Instuctor from Individual Software in the computer
lab at Kensington School starting in third grade. It's got a
travel theme and kids get stamps on a passport as they complete
lessons. It's also got games interspersed with the lessons -
doesn't take long for them to realize that paying attention to
the lessons makes the games easier to win. The kids love it, many
even choose to practice typing when they have free time, and it
seems to work. You can get more information here:
Does anyone know of a keyboarding class held over the
summer in the East Bay, appropriate for a 14 year old with
pretty minimal typing skills? I'm hoping to be able to
have her type her own reports next year, instead of me!
I personally have no information about keyboarding
classes, just wanted to offer a possible alternative. I
taught myself how to type from a book when I was
about 16; my son taught himself how to type from an
online program when he was about 14. It's very easy to
do if you're motivated, since the exercises are purely
memorization and repetition.
I work at the Center for Accessible Technology in West
Berkeley. We offer Keyboarding classes to young people
entering 4th-12th grade. We have classes during the summer
and several times during the school year. Although our
classes are perfect for students with learning disabilities
or other disabilities, we also welcome students without
The classes scheduled for this summer are already full.
HOWEVER -- we keep a mailing list of people interested in
future classes, and will send out flyers when we schedule
This summer, we are developing a special keyboarding class
just for teens. Each student will have the opportunity to
borrow a digital camera to document their life, then write
about it and post it on a website. This new class will
probably be offered again in the fall.
You can get more information about our keyboarding programs
at www.cforat.org/children/keyboarding.html. If you'd like
to be added to the mailing list, email Diane at
ddew AT cforat.org, or call 510-841-3224
I have used the program ''Type to Learn'' with great success
with learning disabled students in grades 3 through 5. It is
self-paced and fun, with game breaks that also build skills.
My own kids used it in middle school and I confess they type
better than I do.
up to four fingers now
Does anyone have a recommendation for either a
keyboarding class for a 13-year-old or a software
self-teach program (other than Mavis Beacon which is a
bit juvenile for my daughter) that they have had
success with? Thank you!
My workplace, the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley,
offers a keyboarding class for students entering 4th-12 grades. It
is for students with OR without disabilities (learning or physical
disabilities). We use the Herzog method of teaching, which is based
on the alphabet rather than the home row. The emphasis is on proper
positioning (whole body and hands), and learning the keyboard, NOT on
speed. The teacher makes it fun and can tailor it to the individual
students. Class size is limited to 10 students, and there is an
additional adult helper to give individual attention. There are
openings in the August 5-22 class - it is 3 days/week (Monday,
Tuesday &Thursday) 3:30-4:20, and the cost is $150. Call
510-841-3224 for more information.
Does anyone know of a keyboarding or typing class this summer that would be
appropriate for a 13-year-old? Or do you know of software that works. My
daughter has tried Mavis, but it seems to go from easy to hard without the
Both of my children (8 and 12/13) as well as an adult friend and her 2
children attended keyboarding classes at the Center for Accessible
Technology (2525 Eighth St., 841-3224) and acquired the requisite skills.
They give one-hour daily classes, by the week, for much of the summer (and
probably the rest of the year too). The environment is supportive, the
teaching method effective. CAT's mission is to provide computer skills to
assist persons with various kinds of disabilities (e.g., trouble with
handwriting speed) but the classes are open to all.
A cautionary note: only practice will build up the speed and
"instinctiveness" necessary to compose on the keyboard.
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