The Best Typing Apps for Students

No more hunting and pecking!

While being able to type is essential, it doesn’t have to be boring! There are many great typing apps for students that are engaging, interactive, and educational. Here are some of our favorites.

Best Typing Apps for Students in Elementary School

Alpha Munchies

Inspired by Atari’s classic game, Space Invaders, kids will target little pixel aliens by typing the letters that appear above them. There are multiple levels of difficulty, making this a good choice for elementary kids of all ages. 

Animal Typing

Animal Typing simplifies touch typing for elementary students. It’s extra fun because the animal kids will use (snail, rabbit, horse, etc.) depends on their typing skills. The faster they type, the faster their animal become! 

Dance Mat Typing

Kids can move through four levels to play, starting by learning the home row keys. Every level is divided into three stages with each building on previous lessons. The levels end by allowing students to test their typing speed before earning fun rewards! 

Keyboard Climber 2

Oh no! There’s a monkey stuck at the bottom of a cave! To help him get out, kids will need to recognize letters in order to jump up rock platforms and earn bananas for the monkey. There’s no time limit, so this is a great game for younger students. 

Keyboarding Zoo

Early elementary age kids will love being cheered on by cute little animals as they learn to use their index or pointer fingers to match letters on the screen to their keyboards. 

KeyMan

Borrowing from Pac-Man, this typing game has KeyMan fleeing ghosts and eating dots as he moves through a maze. Along the way, kids will need to use different letters that appear on the screen to help him find the right path. 

Keyboard Fun

Designed by an occupational therapist, this typing app for students of all levels is colorful and engaging. By matching keys to pictures, Keyboard Fun encourages kids to learn the placement of keys on the keyboard. 

Nitro Type

Race to see who can type the fastest! This game allows kids to improve their typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. They can compete against friends, earn new cars, track scores, and so much more … all for free!

Type-a-Balloon

typing apps for students

This game is so simple but incredibly fun. Students need to type the letters that appear on the balloons in order to pop them! Every time a balloon “escapes” they’ll lose one of their five lives, and an incorrect response will result in lost points. As their skills improve, kids can move up to a more challenging level. 

Type Type Revolution

Inspired by the popular game, Dance Dance Revolution, this will have kids’ fingers dancing and learning. Players can choose one of 10 songs to “dance” to as they learn key recognition skills. This activity might be best for older students who can type without looking.

TypeTastic

700+ free typing activities for all ages means lots of typing learning here! You’ll find introductory games, touch typing, fluency, and timed tests.

Typing Fingers

Spread over 32 levels, this app supports kids as they learn basic keyboarding skills from an early age. They’ll work on identifying letters, numbers, and symbols as well as memorization. After successfully completing the final test, students will receive a typing certificate!

Typing Ninja

In this game, students can choose the difficulty level and the keys they want to learn. Then, they’ll start slicing through fruits like a ninja! They’ll have to avoid typing letters on sneaky bombs, though, if they want to avoid losing lives!

The Typing of the Ghosts

While this game might be a little too scary for some kids, older students who want to improve their typing skills might really enjoy it. To keep the ghosts in the background from creeping up, they’ll need to quickly type the words that appear on the screen! 

Typing Pal Online

If you’re looking for great exercises to help kids practice correct finger placement on the keyboard, this is it! Students can choose from four environments, each with their own cool animations. They can also take typing tests to earn certificates of achievement.

 

Best Typing Apps for Students In Middle and High School

Keybr

This free online typing tutorial helps students practice touch typing skills while improving speed and accuracy. Keybr provides an advanced learning experience as it uses statistics and algorithms to generate lessons based on each student’s skill level. 

Learn Typing

This site offers lessons for students of all ages and typing abilities. Designed by a high school typing tutor, kids can improve speed, accuracy, and build confidence through typing tests, games, and video tutorials. 

TapTyping

This app provides focused lessons designed to boost typing speed and accuracy very quickly. Students can see a heat map of where their fingers are hitting the keyboard to better understand where they can make improvements. The advanced levels will take them through tough tapping patterns, symbols, numbers, and complicated sentences.

Typesy

This highly interactive application teaches standards-based, common core content that encourages students to improve typing speed and accuracy through fun activities, games, and courses.

Typing.com

Typing.com is a comprehensive website that really has it all. Students begin by taking any number of tests to evaluate their typing skills. Then, they use engaging curriculum, gamified learning, and even multilingual content and instruction to take their abilities to the next level. 

TypingClub

With over 600 lessons, TypingClub is one of the most comprehensive and accessible typing programs available. Students can engage in interactive experiences that take them from learning individual keys all the way through reaching a goal of typing 75 words per minute. The lessons include educational games, cross-curricular content, and instructional videos. 

Typing Master

This complete touch typing application features a real-time analysis widget that tracks typing skills and creates tailored exercises based on performance. It’s highly adaptable, giving students a customized experience to maximize learning potential!

What are your favorite typing apps and games? Share in the comments below.

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The Best Typing Apps for Students

Posted by Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne is a mother of six (including toddler twins!), writer, homeschooler, and social sciences professor. She loves cooking, reading, and dancing in her kitchen.

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