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phaedryx's avatar

I want my 8-year-old daughter to learn how to type. What software/system would you recommend?

Asked by phaedryx (6107 points ) October 11th, 2012

I think it is an important skill and I think she’s old enough now.

I have linux and os x machines at home, or I could run windows xp in a vm if I needed to.

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jerv's avatar

Mavis Beacon has long been the standard for teaching typing.

And yes, she is old enough; my school taught me typing in the second grade. I’m rather surprised most schools don’t do that.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I learned in school with a couple different game type programs but I cant remember what any of them were called. I learned how to type a lot better when I started playing Typing of the Dead. Essentially its just House of the Dead but instead of shooting zombies with a light gun you type in the words or letters above their heads. Dont know that it’d be enjoyable for an 8 year old girl though.

jonsblond's avatar

I’m sorry I don’t have anything to add. I wanted to look at this question because I also have an 8 year old daughter who is learning how to type on the computer. Great suggestions here. Thanks everyone. @uberbatman My daughter would love Typing of the Dead. Sounds fun! We’ll have to check it out. =)

phaedryx's avatar

I also learned with Mavis Beacon, but the reviews I’ve read so far, for current versions, are mixed (especially “Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz”).

@gailcalled thanks for the list

@jerv many states are teaching typing instead of cursive handwriting in elementary school now; our state isn’t one of them.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

I’d just teach her the basic positions on a keyboard. Phones are all different and with technology changing so much, the keyboard is the only thing that seems to be lasting.

deni's avatar

I used one that had Casper the friendly ghost in it. It was very cute and fun as I recall. Now I am a master typer.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Find an old Speak and Spell, or one of the aps online that imitates it.

davidding's avatar

It’s need time and patient rather than soft or system

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