We’re excited to announce the launch of a new typing game that your students are guaranteed to love.
In this adrenaline-packed game, students use their typing skills to operate a space warcraft to shoot down incoming enemy ships.
It’s easy to learn, addictive, and great typing practice – just what you need to keep kids engaged through the rest of the semester.
Click here to go to the games area to give Z-Type a whirl.
To help you determine how this game fits in with the rest, we’ve updated our The Teacher’s Guide to the Best Typing Games to include this latest installment.
Introducing the Game
I’m pretty sure it won’t take much work on your part to get students excited about this new game.
That said, there are some things that you’ll want to do as a teacher to make sure that students make the most of Z Type.
For one, it’s important to emphasize that this is a game that requires both speed and accuracy.
Going fast will help you, but unless you’re striking the right keys in the right sequence, you won’t be able to shoot down the approaching words.
Once you start typing a word, your shooter locks onto that word, meaning you need to finish one word before moving onto the next.
Secondly, remind students about the importance of using appropriate typing form even when playing games.
Make sure that all students commence their practice sitting up straight, both feet on the floor, and fingers resting on the home keys. Get students into the habit of checking themselves to ensure they are back in this position at the start of every level.
Making the Most of Z Type
While Z Type is fun, one of its most useful features is that it provides real-time feedback to students about their typing skills.
A the end of a game, students get a snapshot report of their stats including their accuracy, longest streak of correct letters, and a graph of their progress over time.
This is a great way to boost student investment as they see that the more they practice, the faster they get!
Create Class Competitions
This quick real-time feedback also makes it easy to create in-class competitions between students.
Consider creating a high score board somewhere in your classroom where you can keep the class updated on students with top speeds or highest rates of accuracy.
Wondering how you might get students to keep up their typing practice over the long Thanksgiving holiday?
Z Typing is the answer.
Introduce the game the week before the long weekend, and challenge students to beat their high score over break.
Your students will be excited to come back to school to find out who got the highest score, and you’ll be happy to know they won’t have a lapse in their typing progress!