Class 1Y2 put their typing and spelling skills to the test by using two different apps to help them improve their use of a keyboard on the iPad. The children loved the challenge and the game aspect to these apps.
We started with the Typing Bee app which is great with younger children as it has different levels of difficulty. You can go against a timer, play with a full keyboard or only highlight the letters that are in the word and focus on where they are on the keyboard. You can also vary the difficulty of the word. We started without a timer for children to get used to the app and then introduced the timer, the children relished the challenge and were completely focused on beating the clock before the timer ran out.
The next app we used was “Typing Class for iPad,” which again varies in difficulty but completely focuses more on improving your typing skills. It engages the children through games and challenges that range from letters, to capitals and then words. The only downside is that the ‘z’ key moves to a different place when playing the game. This didn’t stop our class challenging themselves and learning where letters are on the iPad keyboard. By the end of the lesson we could clearly see that the children had built up their confidence and started to remember where certain letters were.