For Parents

Keyboarding Resources

Keyboarding is an important skill for students to develop correctly. Students in Grade 3-5 will be working on keyboarding through a web based program called Typing (formerly known as Typing Web). The Digital Learning Specialists and classroom teachers will work together to introduce and support your child’s practice of keyboarding skills. The development of keyboarding skills is both a life skill and a state standard in grades 4 and 5.

It is the belief of the Andover Public Schools that keyboarding should be practiced at least 10 minutes, 4 times per week. In the beginning of the year, this may be done in school as the year progresses keyboarding will become part of weekly homework.

Grade Level Recommendations

  • Grade 3 at least 15 words per minute; 85% accuracy
  • Grade 4 at least 20 words per minute; 90% accuracy
  • Grade 5 at least 25 words per minutes; 90% accuracy


Tux Type 

is a fun, open source, program designed to help young students learn touch-typing skills. Students can play a variety of games, which increase in difficulty as a student’s skills improve. Tux Type is available for Mac and PC.

Sense Language

is a  web based program that is also available for use offline. The best feature of Sense Language’styping program is the option of creating your own typing activities or using the standardized lessons.Sense Language’s typing program has useful timing options and audio feedback features to help students develop their typing skills.

Power Typing 

hosts a small collection of five typing games that students can use to develop their typing skills. Power Typing also offers typing lessons for Qwerty and Dvorak keyboards. The two games that I found easiest to access are Alphabetic Rain and See Don’t.

Good Typing 

is a free online typing skill development program. Good Typing provides 27 graduated lessons designed to help students learn to use their entire keyboards correctly. Unlike some free online typing programs, Good Typing offers support twenty different keyboard styles including US style, Japanese style, and several European languages.

Dance Mat Typing

is a free online introduction to touch typing for children aged 7 - 11 years. Each of the 4 levels are divided into 3 stages. Begin at Level 1 and build up your skills gradually through to Level 4.