Improving typing skills on the iPad
The next app we used was "Typing Class for iPad," which again varies in difficulty but completely focuses more on improving your typing skills. It engages the children through games and challenges that range from letters, to capitals and then words. The only downside is that the 'z' key moves to a different place when playing the game. This didn't stop our class challenging themselves and learning where letters are on the iPad keyboard. By the end of the lesson we could clearly see that the children had built up their confidence and started to remember where certain letters were.
Thanks to Mr Simon Haughton (@simonhaughton) and his school Parkfield Primary for the suggested activity.
For KS2, once the children are more confident using the keyboard they can then test their typing skills using the Ghost Typing app.
The app asks the children to type a given text against a clock and counts the letters typed correctly and also any mistakes made. Providing a target/score for the children to improve on each time. The app also allows you to create your own lessons, meaning it can be used as a more cross curricular tool. Information about any topic can be used while the children develop and perfect their typing skills.