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Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information (Home Version)

by Type to Learn
Windows, Mac
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

Price: $39.95 & FREE Shipping. Details
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Product Features

  • Keyboarding is wrapped around a captivating, futuristic world of adventure where students become members of an ancient society to save the world from a major communication breakdown.
  • With Avatar like animation, the keyboard becomes the communicator as student's type directions to a remote control drone and lines of code to rebuild various structures.
  • Each activity focuses on a specific skill (i.e. Speed and Accuracy) with engaging 21st century graphics.
  • Over 100 Leveled Lessons and Activities with personalized Remediation.
  • Spanish ESL Support and Accessibility Options for Hearing and Visually Impaired.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: Software

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Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information (Home Version) + UltraSlim by Speedskin - Keyboard Instruction Cover + Learn To Type Keyboard Skin, Not A Mailer
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • ASIN: B004LC3VCW
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Winner of Tech & Learning's 2009 Award of Excellence

Developed on a proven, research-based keyboarding curriculum of sequential touch-typing instruction, the Type to Learn series builds critical 21st Century skills for all students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The program emphasizes both accuracy and words per minute speed, and provides each student with individualized remediation and goals for success.

Over 97% of school districts across the U.S. already own at least one copy in the series, highlighting the importance of keyboarding as an essential skill for academic and professional success. Now you have an opportunity to use the same program in your home that's being used in your child's school. You will receive the CD-Roms with a license to use this award winning program on a single computer in one home.

Features include:

- Diagnostic Pre-Test
- The Comprehensive Scope and Sequence
- Over 100 Leveled Lessons and Activities
- Formative Assessments
- Personalized Remediation
- Spanish ESL Support
- Real-World Typing and Original Writing
- Parent and Student Reports
- Customizable Content
- Accessibility Options for Hearing and Visually Impaired
- Top Scores Lists
- Ergonomic Breaks

Licensed for 1 user.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
By kds
Verified Purchase
We purchased Type to Learn, despite its non-competitive home pricing, because my 12 year old daughter really liked the TTL product she had used at school and insisted that she would use this voluntarily all summer. In the end, we have made little progress because both of my kids have come to loathe the program, for good reasons. Overall, the product seems to be an overpriced afterthought by a company that caters primarily to the large-scale educational market, and is not particularly interested in serving home users.

See below for the detailed comments I submitted to TTL product support:

Things the kids dislike: 1) All or nothing structure that makes it easy to get stuck on a particular game or test. 2) Forced repeat from the beginning with single errors in some of the games/tests. 3) Inability to advance without completing all the games. I have been typing them through sticking points, just to ease the frustration. Both my 9 year old boy and my mature 12 year old girl have been repeatedly reduced to tears by the unforgiving structure. 4) They find the plot and narration annoying and anxiety provoking, rather than fun. We have turned off the audio component to reduce the stress.

Things I dislike: 1) In Mac OSX.6, we were unable to run TTL4 in the children's non-admin profiles. Tech support offered to help with this, but it was not worth the time it would take to sort it out. I worked around the issue by creating multiple users under my own admin profile, and logging them in each time. (So much for the fantasy of this being a game they would play on their own initiative, w/out my intervention.) 2) TTL4 takes over the desktop in a way that circumvents autoswitching between programs or automatic sleep settings.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 & Customer Service July 29, 2011
By DBM
Verified Purchase
Product with elusive fix: 1 star
Product after fix: 5 stars

I had problems h the product on Windows 7. The fix is not fully intuitive unless you have a fair bit of experience in IT. The problem is due to the program not having the ability to write to its own database if the user using it is not an administrator. I was unable to find a fix for this and ended up giving my daughter full administrator rights... not what I wanted to do, but it got the program to work (it was on her personal computer). I made a few phone calls to customer service over a more than a week week and received no callback. I decided to make a little noise and as a result, I was able to be pointed toward a knowledge base article that gave a procedure to fix the issue, allowing me to remove administrative rights for my daughter. I had already looked through the knowledge base, but this item was never shown to me since it was only listed under a listing for all of Type To Learn 4 products (I looked under the home version - the version that I purchased). I found its lack of being included within an applicable version's listing to be quite disappointing. I told the person to whom I spoke about the issue and he said that he would get it resolved.

Here is a link to the knowledge base article:
[...]
For Windows 7 you will need to give "everyone" rights to the C:\Program Data\Sunburst folder.
If you cannot see it, you will need to change the 'folder' preferences to show hidden files and folders within the folders option in control panel.

I have witnessed the previous version well tested within various elementary schools. The children love using it. I found its lessons to be well organized.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Program drives results, Kids request time for typing April 25, 2012
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We were using another highly rated typing program, and my kids, who used to be in a public school, requested that I research and purchase this one. They had previously used it while in public school, and this is the only item from public school that they wished to replicate while at home. I have two very different types of learners to work with, and they have different needs; it is rare that I can find one product that works well for both. I have one older (logic stage/middle school) child who is ready to be a little more independent and from whom I can expect more in terms of editing and reworking his writing assignment, and one younger, grammar stage/elementary age child with dysgraphia, who will benefit from being able to type so that he can get his thoughts out more efficiently when writing, without the dysgraphia barrier barring his thoughts from making it to paper.

I read about this program quite a bit, and decided to give it a try. It is available in several formats, including web-based; I am reviewing the CD version that is licensed for one computer, one household, multiple users, and we are using it on a PC with Windows 7. Unlike other reviewers, we have had zero problems with installation or crashing.

We love this program at our house, and I am very glad I listened when my kids asked me to check it out. A fast typist myself, I have even used it to improve my accuracy and precision, and found a level where the program can challenge me, yet my younger, elementary son can also use it as well. My logic-stage child just adores it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars You can find cheaper
You can purchase this program from the manufacturer or go to type to learns website. Purchased for $29.99 today.
Published 17 days ago by Wendy A Cronin
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter enjoys the program
She has played the previous versions and liked them. Type to Learn 4 conitnues the fun and she is increasing her skill. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben Fashimpaur
1.0 out of 5 stars Locks up after each session & does not keep track of the progress
This home version software is a piece of crap! It locks up after each session, and it would lock up during middle of other activities, therefore it does not keep track of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Chiew
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Unless I'm missing something, this game does not teach the kids where to put their fingers, or which fingers to use for each key. In addition, it just locks up.
Published 3 months ago by Heather Beygo
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work
I am a teacher who was hired to use this program with my lab. It has constantly crashed, deleted students, and will not let the students go past lesson 1. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ryn Ghatori
1.0 out of 5 stars Software great support unacceptable
I have been using Type to Learn for three years and my students love it. However, Sunburst Technologies does not seem to believe in providing any customer support. Read more
Published 6 months ago by allyson smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete disappointment…how do I post NO STARS!
This was an accidental repeat order. I returned it well within the return time stated on the invoice…I had until the end of January. …TODAY.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Honor Hoover
1.0 out of 5 stars This software is terrible!
Crash Crash Crash!!! So sad! Sent it back today and I'm not sure where we will go from here. we had high hopes for this one, but no.
Published 6 months ago by Lisa Mandelkorn
5.0 out of 5 stars TTY4
It is really good and it came on the day it said it will come so yah it was cool
Published 6 months ago by Krubelle
2.0 out of 5 stars crashing on my computer continuously
I am having problems with it as it keeps on crashing. My computer has windows 8 and although I thought they were compatible they might not. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rosuka
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