Product Review of Animal Typing – Lite
Use Animal Typing – Lite to preview the drills and available functions. Because there are only a limited number of drills in the free version, learners won’t get very far. If educators like the Animal Typing approach, they’ll need to buy a set of lessons or the full app. Typing drills can be incorporated into a regular routine for small increments over time. For example, start every day with 10 minutes of typing practice — or have it available as an option during rotating stations. There’s space for up to seven profiles, so multiple learners could use a single device. Though the touch screen does show a keyboard, using it doesn’t properly mimic real typing, and there are no keys to “feel,” so learning touch-typing will be next to impossible. Educators should ideally have an actual keyboard connected to the tablet so that learners can practice typing properly. With the paid version, educators can create their own drills, which could help make typing practice more interesting and relevant. For example, educators could include text that ties into material they’re covering in other subjects.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Typing drills can get dull, but an animal theme, points for speed and accuracy, and some other extras help make things a bit more exciting.
Curriculum and Instruction
Learners learn typing by practicing. Drills introduce new keys step-by-step and provide repetitive practice to encourage the forming of muscle memories.
A help menu clearly explains all the features and premade drills. Save progress and points in up to seven user profiles.