The course was originally designed for middle and high school students by an experienced typing teacher, but the course has also been adapted for 8-11 year old students as well. Younger students can take the core of the course at a slower pace and begin to learn good posture and foundational typing skills. There are specific instructions and a separate Student Packet for the younger student, as well as as guidance for how to evaluate their progress.
What Did We Think?
I like that the course is straightforward and no-frills. Not only does the lack of games and edutainment features mean my son has no incentive to rush through a lesson, it means it can be used by learners of all ages without feeling childish. Since you can't truly proceed without mastery, there is sometimes frustration when a lesson needs to be repeated, but it also means he needs to train himself to focus on the lesson at hand to improve his skills. Easily distracted students (mine) might prefer headphones to block outside noises.
I will admit, I found the course navigation a little cumbersome. There were multiple documents to read, videos to watch and packets to print before starting, and everything seemed to open in new tabs. I'm not a fan of videos; my preference is always reading over audio/video (I process more quickly and efficiently when I read), so I would have appreciated transcripts for some of the videos. Overall, I think the introductory material could be streamlined a little more.
The course is thorough, and the instructions are clear. The lessons are spoken directly to the student, and Elliott was never confused within the lessons. However, my son is not an auditory learner, and while I was hoping this would help his attention levels with auditory materials, he found it tedious. He's working slowly through the course because of this, but I have noticed that he's recalling and applying information from this course at other times, so he is learning from it!
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