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TypeDojo.com

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  • Free
  • age 5+

About TypeDojo.com

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 Sight 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.

Website 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.

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.

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Cognitive Development
Organisational and Productivity Skills
Self-Direction

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KidzType

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