By now, you have probably heard about Accessibyte, a fully accessible online program with fun, interactive educational games for students with visual impairments. Typio is their popular keyboarding program for young students. Did you know that Accessibtye also has a keyboarding program geared for teens and adults? Typio Pro is an accessible typing tutor for teens and adults entering the workforce, continuing their education, volunteering or just getting online.
Typio Pro has the guided tutorials to master the keyboard layout and then the skills build with lessons relevant to professional, vocational, and recreational typing goals. These practical skills include how to:
Educators receive student data such as number of errors, words-per-minute, and accuracy. The lessons automatically progress – no need to assign the next lesson!
While typing skills should ideally be mastered by third grade, unfortunately we know this is not always the case. Accessibyte realizes that there is a need for two keyboarding programs: one geared for younger students and one geared for teens and adults. Both keyboarding curriculums have fully guided typing tutors, can be used at school, work, home or anywhere, are accessible with or without outside assistive technology (there is a self-voicing mode) and users can login from their preferred device. Keep in mind that colleges and college-level work require typing speeds of 60 words per minute.
Typio Pro activities are geared for teens and adults with ‘professional’ lessons and content recommended for adult typists.
Typio activities are geared for younger students with engaging Typing Pets and content appropriate for younger typists.
Want to check out Typio and Type Pro? Accessibyte offers free trials!
Keyboarding is a ‘basic operation’ and is a necessary skill in order to complete other tech standards. According to the Common Core State Standards K-12 Technology Scope and Sequence, a commonly used national technology standard, keyboarding skills are introduced in kindergarten, reinforced in first grade, and mastered(ability to teach others) in second grade.
The specific keyboarding skills are:
The Importance of Keyboarding for Students is an excellent article with 6 compelling reasons to teach keyboarding to students. (Learning.com ‘Excel in a digital world’)
Teacher’s Note: Summer is a great time for students to practice and build their typing skills!
by Diane Brauner
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