Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.
Here’s a great question I got from Kathy in South Africa:
I have been searching for an app that will help students learn basic keyboarding or even practice learning where the keys are located on the keyboard. So far, I have had no luck in finding such an app.
In the past, I haven’t been a fan of practicing keyboarding on an iPad. How can we develop speed without the bumps on f and j, the feel of separate keys. Recently, I read research (which I wish I had bookmarked–it was one teacher’s classroom experiment) showing that students type as fast on the iPad as a traditional keyboard. That has me rethinking what I thought I knew.
This is my long way of apologizing for not having firsthand experience with iPad keyboarding apps. Here’s a list from efriends in my PLN:
- ABC Buddy–free
- Ghost Type
- iTyper–for youngers
- Keyboarding Champ
- Type Fun Lite
- Tap Typing
- Type It
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