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Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum 5

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Kids to Adults
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  • Kids learn to type on an exciting adventure on Typer Island
  • Teaches keyboard basics following an age-appropriate Typing Plan
  • Step-by-step lessons, challenges, tests, and games motivate kids to keep typing
  • Program offers rewards every step of the way; learn in English or Spanish
  • Arcade-style play and multiple levels; 30+ game challenges
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Platform: PC/Mac
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002U0L1BU
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Media: Software
  • Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac

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Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum

The Exciting Way for Kids to Learn to Type!


Kids learn to type on an exciting adventure on Typer Island. They learn all keyboard basics following an age-appropriate Typing Plan. Step-by-step lessons, challenges, tests, and games motivate kids to keep typing their way around the Island to reach the Castle, advance to the Lost City, and become touch-typists! Kids can learn in English or Spanish.


Type around Typer Island
Kids type their way around Typer Island to reach the Castle and advance to the Lost City!

Island Adventure Theme Motivates Kids to Improve Typing Skills

Reward-Seeking Program!

This program offers rewards every step of the way! Kids visit distinct lands for lessons, challenges, tests, and games. They search for treasures, earn points, and add gold and jewels to their treasure box, on a journey to reach the Castle and become the Ruler of Typer Island. Once they reach the Castle, they advance to the Lost City, for more challenges and exciting games!

Explore Distinct Lands!

Kids visit The Old West, On the Water, In the Air, Over the Edge, and Under the Sea. They can take a break from lessons and go to Explorer Isle to play games, or to Story Lagoon to practice typing stories from Classic Literature and Fairy Tales.

Exciting Castle Adventures!

Once kids get to the Castle, they can play new games, like Tomb Typer and Xtreme Typing, and they can go to the Lost City for Treasure Quest and the ever-challenging Ziggy!

Capture the Castle to access Lost City!
The Lost City is underwater and only accessible by first Capturing the Castle!
The Mysterious Lost City!

Kids get to visit the Lost City once they complete the lessons, tests, and challenges of all five lands on Typer Island and "Capture the Castle!" In the Lost City they can explore the ruins and the shipwreck, and play Treasure Quest, the first typing adventure game, and the challenging arcade action game, Ziggy.

30+ Game Challenges!

Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum uses "Entertainment Explosion," to make learning to type fun and exciting. Kids can play games in a variety of ways by selecting options from the game settings menu. Arcade-style play and multiple levels make games extremely challenging and fun.

Typing Challenges and Tests Increase Speed and Accuracy

Typing Challenges

There are over 30 typing challenges. These include:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Timed Challenges
  • Advanced Level Challenges
  • Multi-Level Game Challenges
Typing Tests

There are hundreds of tests in Typing Instructor Platinum for Kids. Tests measure speed and accuracy, and results are provided for adjusted words per minute, based on both typing accuracy and speed.

Instant Results Give Kids Incentive to Improve Keyboarding Skills

Typing Progress Results

Instant Feedback is provided on typing results. Kids can see how they did on a lesson, challenge, test, or game right away. Results are given for:

  • WPM scores & Accuracy Percentages
  • Results Calculated from All Activities
  • Performance Assessment for Key, Finger, Hand & Row
  • Printable Results
  • Results Tracked for five Typists
Performance assessments provided
Performance assessments are provided by key, finger, hand, and row.
Certificates of Achievement

Kids can print a certificate of achievement to show they have successfully conquered Typer Island and Rule the Island!

Charts and Feedback

Detailed results show kids the keys they know well and the keys that need more practice.

Creative Lessons and Exercises Help Kids Learn to Type

Step-by-Step Typing Instruction is provided, including proper posture, finger position, and ergonomic features. Visual Guides show finger/key placement.

Lesson Plans
Lessons include step-by-step instruction.
Lessons include step-by-step instruction with visual 3D guide hands.

There are 10 customized lesson plans to teach kids of all ages to type:

  • Learning the Home Row
  • Home Row and Upper Row
  • Home Row and Lower Row
  • Ages 7-8
  • Ages 9-10
  • Games Plan
  • Skill Building Plan
  • Suggested Typing Plan (no games)
  • Suggested Typing Plan
Learn in English and Spanish

There are 160 lessons, in English and Spanish. All lessons include:

  • Structured Touch-Typing Content
  • Proven Methods for Skill-Building
  • Unique Drills & Interactive Exercises
  • Age-Appropriate Content
  • Graphic Guide Hands
  • Standard & Split Keyboards
  • Multi-Skill Levels






Multi-Level Games Make Learning to Type Fun

Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum has over 30+ Game Challenges! Kids can play games in a variety of ways by selecting options from the drop down menu, including words per minute (wpm), level of difficulty, and in some games, select an opponent. Games include multiple levels of play and points scored, so kids are motivated to win the first level, advance to the next level, and achieve a high game score!

Xtreme Typing
Keep your fingers on the keyboard as you move your motorcycle across the desert in Xtreme Typing!

New! Xtreme Typing

This fast moving game teaches kids to keep their fingers on the keyboard to move their motorcycle across the desert and through the heart of the city. When they type accurately and faster than their target words per minute, they see a motorcycle stunt fest! Their bike makes several jumps, flies off ramps, rolls over limousines, and flies over buses.

New! Typing With Sharks

This action-packed, underwater adventure helps kids learn challenging keys on the keyboard. They type words quickly to zap hungry sharks and piranhas before they attack their submarine. The deeper they dive, the harder it is to escape, especially from the electric eel, giant squid and the boss shark.

New! Flotsam Fighter

Kids use their Flotsam Fighter Space Ship to clean-up space debris (flotsam), and save all four planets in the Aeon Galaxy by zapping space debris from around the planets. The more debris they collect, the more intergalactic credits they earn. Eight challenging levels of play help them develop their typing speed, typing accuracy, and save the Galaxy!

New! Tomb Typer!

This 3D interactive game helps kids to improve their typing skills and use their wits! They search an ancient Egyptian tomb by correctly typing words and characters to navigate their way through two levels of intriguing exploration for treasure.

The Features of Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum

Typing Plans
  • Exclusive! Learn in English or Spanish!
  • Exclusive! Choose from 10 Typing Plans for specific age groups!
Lessons
  • Structured touch-typing content
  • 160 Lessons
  • Proven methods for skill-building
  • Age-appropriate content
  • Standard and split keyboard lessons
  • 3D guide hands for all keyboards
Typing Challenges & Tests
  • Exclusive! 30+ game challenges
  • Exclusive! Advanced level challenges
  • Proficiency tests and advancement level tests
Progress & Results
  • Exclusive! Instantly tracks results!
  • Exclusive! WPM scores and accuracy percentages
  • Exclusive! Pass tests and get rewards
  • Performance assessment for key, finger, hand, and row
  • Results calculated from all activities
  • Full-color progress charts and graphs
  • Printable results
  • Certificates of Achievement
Practice Activities
  • Exclusive! Practice how to type and ergonomics
  • Exclusive! Practice games on Explorer Isle and in the Castle Arcade
  • Advanced skill-building lessons and challenges
Motivational Features
  • Exclusive! Exciting castle-seeking theme
  • Exclusive! Visit 5 unique lands on Typer Island
  • Exclusive! Capture the Castle & advance to the Lost City
Games & Entertainment
  • Exclusive! Multi-play games! Play games the way you want!
  • Exclusive! Multi-level games! More challenges as you advance




Product Description

Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum is the typing program for kids. It is the only typing software designed to teach young children to type that’s packed with just the right mixture of education, entertainment, and motivation, so kids can improve their typing skills quickly and see immediate results. Kids learn to type with 10 age-appropriate lesson plans for specific age groups, beginning with ages 6 & 7. Variety of ways to practice typing, with games, lessons, drills, advanced skill-building lessons and challenges, plus 40 engaging Practice Stories.

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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Motivational typing program! January 7, 2010
Platform for Display:PC/Mac
This fun learning adventure had my kids typing right away! The animated guides and super fun journey hooked them - they were begging to type longer and return to "Typer Island". I have students asking to come in during recess and lunch times to practice their skills and have developed a waiting list and timers to accommodate them all. The games are clever and teach them a specific typing skill. The skills build sequentially yet provide opportunity for review to reinforce their learning. You get results right away so the kids can practice the keys they are not as good at striking. I give it a big 5 stars. It's easy to load and run and has no computer problems or bugs!
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son LOVES it! May 13, 2010
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Verified Purchase
I was torn between this one and Mavis Beacon. But I read in a lot of reviews that there were bugs in the Mavis Beacon one. So I bought this and I'm so glad I did. My son (8) sat down with it as soon as I installed it and was so excited to start playing. He even got up early to play again the next day. It tracks your child's progress (WPM and accuracy) everyday and you can set their goals higher as they learn more and pick up speed. There are a lot of fun games to play while they're learning to type. There is a map they have to work their way around as they learn each row on the keyboard and the main goal is to reach the castle which you can only do with speed & accuracy.

I'm very pleased with this and would recommend it to anyone.

I have Windows 7 and there were no problems installing it and so far I haven't noticed any bugs in the program either.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed June 5, 2012
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Verified Purchase
I am a library media specialist in charge of educational software at an elementary school. I downloaded this to try at home with my four children ages 6-11. I am very disappointed. The software doesn't take students through incremental instruction except for breaking up the keys into different "lessons." The lessons are just typing drills in which you copy groups of letters on the screen. There are about 25 groups to copy at a time. The Typing Island framework is stilted and hard to navigate, especially for a young child. It would be overwhelming for a child with any kind of learning problems. My children were simply bored.

Up til now we've been using Type to Learn 3, an older platform on CD-ROM. We will continue to use that. It only works on 2 letters at a time; the game format is fun; drills are arranged in small groupings of letters; and feedback is instant.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to teach your kids how to type January 10, 2010
By Geula
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Verified Purchase
I bought this program based on several reviews I read. It is a great program. Even my 4 year old uses it. The games keep my kids captivated for hours and they are learning to type at the same time. Highly recommend it.

Very pleased Mom.
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This could not possibly have been user-tested January 11, 2011
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Verified Purchase
I bought this software hoping it would teach my sons -- 6 and 8 -- how to use a keyboard; but what a waste because neither of them like it for the same reason: it's far too difficult and frustrating, even on the lowest-level setting. It teaches the user where keys are and then suddenly expects him or her to be able to rapidly type on speed games. As my 6-year-old says, "I hate the games. They're too hard." My wife and I tried the speed games ourselves and could just barely complete some of them (and we both type between 50 and 60 words per minute!). Moreover, every lesson includes a long list of words that the user has to type. It takes my kids a LONG time to type it all up and then the game tells them they need to improve their speed. So, naturally, they get frustrated. Needless to say, this software just collects dust on my desktop. Clearly this program was not tested on the users for which it was intended. If it had been, the creators would have designed multiple easy to intermediate level games.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typing Instructor For Kids Platinum January 15, 2010
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Verified Purchase
Purchased it on Lightning Deals because of the good reviews and great price. I'm so glad that I did. It was a great leaning tool for kids to learn and practice their typing skills. A great buy!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly designed learning process, don't buy November 29, 2012
Platform for Display:PC/Mac
I used two seperate typing softwares myself when I learned typing and bought another typing software, All The Right Type, for my older son. So I had previous experience using typing softwares or watching my kid using typing software. For my daughter I bought Typing Instructor for Kids based on good reviews. After my daughter used the software for a week, I was shocked by the poor design of the software. The default flow of the software forces you to march forward, there is no obvious way to go back to relearn or repractice certain letters you have trouble with unless you go all the way back to the beginning. The games and tests following each lesson give you letters you haven't learned yet which forces my daughter to type those letters in the wrong way and have to unlearn the bad habit a few lessons later. I am completely puzzled by why people rated this software so high. To me, a veteran software engineer myself, this is obviously a poorly design software which forces itself upon its users instead of leading people through their natural way of learning.

Jeffrey
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typing in no time April 6, 2010
Platform for Display:PC/Mac|Verified Purchase
WONDERFUL product!!! Can see why it is has won awards and is best selling. My 8 yo son loves it and is already at 20 wpm just learning. We do one lesson a day, and if he doesn't feel like it, he just does some games for review. Only had it 2 weeks and he's already got 75% of the keyboard down. I love that the games only use the keys he has learned, so each one changes a little as he learns more. The variety of games and lessons is also wonderful. It keeps him interested, and he spends more time on the ones he likes better. The tracking is very detailed and useful so that I can always see where he's at in multiple ways - speed, specific key issues, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems fun for my grand daughter to get a head start ...
Seems fun for my grand daughter to get a head start on learning to keyboard. She is seven and doing well.
Published 2 days ago by D. Severns
5.0 out of 5 stars My 8-year-old son is having a great time with this program
My 8-year-old son is having a great time with this program. He's learning to type, doesn't feel pressured, and is enjoying the games. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Erin L. Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems like there used to be much more games to practice
Not sure that it really teaches them to type other than just starting slowly. Seems like there used to be much more games to practice. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tkh0404
1.0 out of 5 stars Wished I wouldn't have purchased.
Horrible. It is not as fun as they make it out to be. It was a waste of my money. I originally bought it because my 5th grader will be expected to type his essays in middle school... Read more
Published 13 days ago by 4ballin
4.0 out of 5 stars Better graphics but very useful!!
I like the set up. My kids enjoy it. I couldn't build a better one myself, but it's not my profession. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Marshall Stamm
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard for a 4 year old
She gets a frustrated and not something she can do on her own. We go back and forth on it with a lot of time in between. Don't want her to give up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by seablue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and adults
I am an adult, but who wants to learn typing in a boring way when you can play games. It's fun and easy to understand.
Published 1 month ago by beffinay kaeble
1.0 out of 5 stars Might be a fun program, if you can access it.
The program can't connect to activate. Why it even has to have an internet connection to work I don't know. I bought the disc for a reason instead of the online download. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tool.
I wouldn't mind if there was more stuff they had to master before moving on, but probably for where my kids are at it's good, as it certainly makes typing fun, and it does teach... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Evert
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with typing!
It took some time to download and with getting started. But once you got going it was pretty easy. The only thing I would change is that it should remind young children to keep... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alice Eames Baldree
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