Since we don’t use a lot of computer based learning in my house, we have not done any typing lessons, but with a soon-to-be Jr. High student who will need to write papers on the computer I was happy to have the chance to review The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach. This is designed to be a 10 weeks course so can be completed in one semester or even over the summer.
When you first log in to The Typing Coach you will find all of the lessons listed with drop down arrows to get to the instructions for each lesson. The first area you will need to visit is the Course Introduction where you will find instructions, an explanation of the method behind The Typing Coach Online Typing Course and the three resources that you will need to print for your student. There is a handy checkbox next to each item you need to read or print so you can keep track of where you are.
Next, you will find the Slower Paced Lessons section. This section is to be used with children who need to go at a slightly slower pace while learning to type. If you find your child isn’t quite ready or is struggling with the regular lessons you may want to try these slower paced lessons instead.
The next section is the Practice and Testing Center. There are three items in this section that you will need to read to understand how the Testing Center works. Again, there are handy checkboxes that you can use to keep track of what you have read.
After you (the teacher) have read through all of the above material you will have your child take the “Before Snapshot” and then move on to the lessons. Each lesson includes step by step instructions and an audio lesson (the first lesson on posture also includes a video). Your child will simply follow the instructions given in the lesson and you can use the progress chart to track their progress through the course.
You will want to plan in some time to go through all of the getting started material and make sure you really understand how the program works. It can be just slightly confusing at first and you really need to read through everything included in the introduction material.
Unfortunately, this ended up not being a great fit for my family and it was hard to get my daughter to do the lessons. The reason it didn’t fit is because both my daughter and I are very much visual learners and this is very much an auditory program. All of the lessons are auditory. We both had a really hard time focusing on the voice teaching the material. For us, a more visually based program would probably work better. However, some kids are very auditory learners and get distracted easily by visuals; this program would be perfect for them!
The theory behind the method used to teach typing in this program is solid, so it is a great option for those who are auditory learners or at least learn well through auditory material. For my family, most of us NEED some visual to understand and retain information.