teacher worth their salt (and teaching a typing class) should
definitely check out Typing Pal Junior. This comprehensive
program is great for kids and helpful for adults as well. Anyone
who would like to learn to type should check out this software.
Designed for children of ages 7 and up, its instructions are
simple and direct, and the progress you make is based solely
on how well you are learning. Unlike other typing-software (i.e.
College Keyboarding and Document Processing for Windows,
published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill), Typing Pal Junior
does not allow you to continue to the next lesson until you
have mastered the previous one.
Pal Junior is engaging, helpful, and constructive. Your
kids and/or students (and maybe you, too) will enjoy its two
fun games: a Pong™ hybrid that helps you practice keying the
right stroke while bouncing a ball around a square, and (I really
enjoyed this one) a spaceship game where the pilot has to type
out words in order to shoot asteroids. Each of these games are
easy to play, but difficult to master, unless your typing skills
The software comes with lessons for each character on the keyboard,
practice dictations, a journal to help keep track of the progress
you have made, and a spy that follows your progress outside
the program (in other word processors), not to mention a statistics
file that measures each finger’s accuracy and a section on ergonomics
(study of proper positioning of the body while interacting with
a machine). Every part of the program is helpful; it is obvious
the author(s) put a substantial amount of effort towards making
this program interesting and entertaining for children, while
still going through the learning process in a straightforward
Installing the program was quick and painless. The process takes
less than two minutes. Running the program is a point and click
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