Image Credit: pixienicki
There are quite a few games and websites out there that try to make learning how to type fun. I have compiled a list of the very best websites and programs that will help you to learn and master your typing skills online. And by the way, they are FREE. What were the criteria for this list of best websites to learn typing? All the sites named must do one or more of the following to be able to make the list:
1- The website’s main goal is to help users master their typing and keyboarding skills.
2- The site has a user management system that allows that user or administrators to keep track of that user’s achievement through useful informational and analytics.
3- The site has games focused on the user’s ability to improve their typing skills.
4- Site has some online component for the users to interact with. You will notice that some websites on the list only offer the program as downloadable software. However, they have a component that allows the user to be engaged on their website.
5- The site is not too spammy inundating the users with useless ads.
That is it, let’s get cracking!
Provides a clean and simple interface that allows anyone to improve their typing skills. For the beginner, there is an onscreen display of where the keys ares, providing a simple way for you to get going on your way to typing stardom.
KeyHero provides a simple interface that allows anyone to quickly and easily see how they can type. If you create an account you will be able to keep track of your typing progress.
PowerTyping is a free online typing tutor for keyboards. PowerTyping offers an array of options to get you on your way to becoming a better typist by offering typing assessments to see how fast you are as a typist, typing lessons to get you to where you want to be, and typing games for you to have fun while you are learning how to become a better typist.
15. Type Online
Provides a simple interface that allows users to practice their keyboarding skills to become better typists and develop their keyboarding skills. There are a number of activities to practice your skills to help you on your way. Also, they provide a number of useful tips on how to remain healthy while using the computer.
14. Typing Web
TypingWeb provides a free course management system that allows students and teachers to interact as the students progress along their learning goals. TypingWeb also provides useful analytics to let you know where your strengths and weaknesses are. Also, teachers are able to print certificates to hand to students. If you want to take advantage of the full potential of Typing Web then you will need to upgrade to their paid plan-additional typing lessons. Check it out; you will be happy that you did. This is an awesome program and I highly recommend this program to any teacher, student, or just about anyone who wants to keep track and improve their typing and keyboard skills.
No bells and whistles here. Learn2Type provides a simple interface that allows you to create a profile, take a typing test and get going with your lessons to help you improve your typing and keyboarding skills.
12. Free Typing Game
FreeTypingGame provides numerous typing games that will allow users to play games while simultaneously improving their typing skills. Along with the games you can take the typing tests and practice exercises online all for free.
Keyboard is perfect for the beginner up to the expert typist and keyboard masters. However, I believe that it falls short for the real beginning typist. I like the sleek and simple interface. Also, there is a profile section so that users may be able to keep track of their progress through useful analytics.
10. Type Racer
Provides a simple game that allows users to type-race against each other. Users are able to invite their friends by simply sharing a link to race against them. Or users can race a random user through the global page. This application can be very useful in that it will motivate users to want to become better through the ability to win a race.
9. Rapid Typing (windows)
Rapid Typing is downloadable software that allows PC users to download and run the application on their user’s PC. The fact that there is no need to have an internet connection to utilize this application is a feature that many institutions, I am sure, will be very fond of. However, there are a few typing games that require an internet connection to take advantage of.
8. Typing Test
Typing test provides a downloadable program for PC’s. Users are able to practice their typing skills without the need for an internet connection. However, you are able to take the typing test online to gauge your current typing speed. If you would like to have coaching, you will need to purchase the typing course to help you even more while you progress.
7. Typing Lessons
Typing Lessons provides a very simple interface with useful information to help you on your way to typing and keyboard mastery. There are quick links available to allow you to easily move from one tutorial to another.
6. BBC Dance Mat Typing
The BBC promises that if you make your way through all 12 courses you will be a typing pro when you are done. Why not take up the challenge and try out the fun typing exercises that they have over there? Let us know if you made it all the way through.
5. Sense Lang
Sense Lang offers a free course management system that allows a teacher to manage a class of students. Also, the free practice exercises and games that are provided are top notch. Here is a handy guide to get you going on setting up your class and you will be on your way in no time.
GoodTyping provides a very useful system to get you on your way to typing stardom. You will enjoy this very clean and simple interface that will help you along the way. There is not a clock to pressure you as you are starting out. You will be able to learn at your own pace. However, you will need to create a free account to get started with this system from Good Typing.
10FastFingers is a hugely popular website that allows users to practice their typing skills while comparing themselves with other members around the world. 10FastFingers is following the motto that you can only learn by doing. They offer typing exercises that help you practice your typing and see how you are doing versus other members. You can create typing competitions. The user’s profile pages provide useful analytics that show you how you have been doing over time. Finally, 10 Fast Fingers provides a leader-board and you earn achievement badges as you practice your skills.
TypeScout is a great service for school and classroom teachers who are looking seriously into having their students improve their typing skills. See my full review of Typing Scout here.
1. Typing Club
Typing Club is also a great program for schools and teachers. This is a full blown typing management system that allows schools and teachers to keep track of students’ typing progress. All schools will have their own domain at “School Name. TypingClub.com”, which I think is a really cool feature to have. Currently the program is all free, however, before August of 2013 they will be shifting to an optional paid service that allows a bit more control. For example, with the paid plan administrators will be able to keep students’ data for 2 years. This service is really growing in popularity and is currently being used in numerous schools and universities, and also by individuals. Finally Typing club has a Google Chrome App that will add a shortcut to their service.
There are many sites that offer to help you improve your typing skills. We do hope that you appreciate the list. I have personally tested each website. If you find a site that you think needs to be on the list send me that site so that I may test it out for myself. In the meantime, why not take the opportunity to add a few books on typing to your AccuTeach Shelf here?