Category: Student Tools

Ages: 5-7 7-11 11-14

TypeDojo is a web-based application developed to teach the user to type with speed and accuracy. The extremely comprehensive set of exercises are all timed and are based around groups of key words for example "Dolch Words' and 'Site words'. The user has the opportunity to have a "Certificate of Accomplishment" printed off to certify their proficiency in keyboarding. The application is designed for Primary School children but could be used at any age as a refresher to sharpen up your keyboarding skills.

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Teacher Review

The TypeDojo site loads quickly and the immediate display and design is one of simplicity with a clear no-nonsense layout, in black and white with splashes of yellow denoting the company logo and the three buttons for the typing tests of one, three or five minutes. The user is drawn to click on one of the tests straightaway to get a feel for the application.
Clicking on the one-minute test button the next screen has eight yellow buttons marked from one to eight, which relate to the grade level or level of difficulty. When you click on one of these they reveal another menu which categorises various different words. For example; grade one has twenty-one different options ranging from two and three letter words to technology words and history words. Two of the options I had not heard of before and did a quick search! ‘Dolch words’ are a list of 220 commonly used words created in 1936 by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D., they do not include nouns. ‘Fry words’ is a list of frequently used words in the American school grades of 3-9. (Year 4 to Year 10 in England), this was updated in 1980 but originally compiled in 1957 by Edward Fry, Ph.D. If you wish to read some more then I suggest you follow this link: http://www.readsters.com/wpcontent/ uploads/ComparingDolchAndFryLists.pdf. 
Once the user has chosen an option the next screen reveals the test. The top half of the screen is bordered with a black lined rectangle and inside this are a list of words, the cursor highlights the first letter of the first word. Three yellow boxes within this rectangle display the time, the words per minute and the accuracy. Below this rectangle is a useful diagram of the keyboard and icons of the left and right hand, each letter that the typist is on at that particular moment is reflected by a highlighted key on the keyboard and the corresponding finger. There is a toggle button to hide this feature if you find it distracting.
The test is automatically activated the moment the user types on the keyboard. At the end of the test, a summary of your activity is displayed. These include Keystrokes, Right Strokes, Wrong Strokes, Error Rate and Gross WPM. If you have not registered then your score is not recorded, however, you can print it off! A registered and logged on user can then view a summary of the test they have completed and previous summaries. The registered summaries have a star rating depending on speed and accuracy and are listed by date and time. 
This application has an important place in the modern day curriculum, however, our curriculum is crowded out and keyboarding skills are not included. The development of a British version with the ability of the teacher/parent to put in a selection of their own words or the Early Years Foundation frequently used words could certainly boost the popularity of the app and provide a very useful addition to a teacher toolkit.

From the Developer

Choose any Typing Test to earn our free Professional Certificate. Learn new words based on your grade. Show the world about your Typing Speed & Accuracy.
Unfortunately, most typists care more about their writing speed than their accuracy. They are very proud of how fast they can type, and often compare this with others, but they neglect to consider their accuracy until they notice that what they have written is full of typos.
This can be fixed by memorizing where each key is on the keyboard. This is done through muscle memory and is called touch typing. The main advantage of touch typing is that typing can be done without the typist consciously thinking about each keystroke they are making. When you copy text from a source you no longer need to split your attention between the source, the screen and the keyboard. You do not have to interrupt your thinking to scan the keyboard for the right letter or to correct a typo.
So now you can type accurately, but you wonder how many words per minute you can type. Taking a TypingTest on TypeDojo.com will let you know your typing speed and accuracy so you can see and measure your improvement! At TypeDojo.com you can choose from typing articles, jokes and games, original copy, and more. You will be able to see your net speed, gross speed, current speed, accuracy, error beats and beats per minute. After you finish your typingtest, you will immediately know your typing speed and accuracy. If you are not satisfied with your typing speed and accuracy, just keep practicing until you see progress! To celebrate your improvement, you will even be able to download & print a free Certificate.


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