Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information (Home Version)
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- 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.
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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.
Type to Learn 4 supports the importance of keyboarding as an essential skill for academic and professional success. 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.
Not compatible with Windows Surface, iPad, or Android tablets.
Top customer reviews
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. 3) Reviews of this product suggested that it gave instruction in and structurally encouraged good ergonomic practices. We have found no such thing so far, unless it is buried deep within the annoying, superfluous narration that my children now just skip. 4) All of the things my children dislike. While there's not a lot that can be done about the plot, it should be easy to introduce settings that allow different standards for progressing through the game. I understand the skill-building reasoning behind the structure of this game, but it is very poorly executed. Minor lapses amount to "failures" that are convincing my kids that typing is impossible. The program does not allow for developmental issues that mean some people will necessarily fudge some aspects of keyboarding. My children both have lax joints in their hands, which makes both writing and keyboard work painful -- thus my interest in the reputed ergonomic superiority of Type to Learn. The program instead punishes them for attempting to work around their issues. After a month of fighting to make this work, we are giving up and trying a different program. I would like a refund.
I found the program very disappointing. It starts out with a lengthy pretest that is very frustrating for a beginning typist; no instruction whatsoever; just letters on the screen that the kid is supposed to type. After downloading the lengthy instruction manual (75+ pages, that I had to print out myself; they didn't include it with the CD), I discovered that you can bypass the pretest.
One reason I bought the program was because it said you can change the print size, vocabulary list, etc. to make it accessible for different ages or disabilities. Every time I've tried to change anything, however, the program says "sending information", and then freezes, and the only way I can unfreeze it is to restart the computer.
I haven't tried going on-line to get help yet, so maybe there is hope for this program. However, I don't know why the company had to change from TTL-3, which worked. I feel I've wasted my money.
This version continually freezes making it very difficult to use on my laptop.
We will use the online version from here forward. My laptop is not old -- only a couple years old. It should be able to handle a typing program so I don't think that is the problem.
Although I could go online and search for a patch or solution, I would prefer, for the money I paid, instructions on how to fix the problem included with my purchase or at least in a customer email.