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Welcome to the NEW Typing.com!

Big news everyone! We have just released a brand new version of the Typing.com platform!

We have a brand new system of character avatars and achievements that motivate students to practice more as they unlock cool prizes and levels with each key they type!

New introductory videos have been introduced into the lessons to help students understand the importance of typing in their lives, correct posture and more!

Read on below to for some descriptions of the biggest new updates, or jump right in and see it for yourself:

Avatars that Level Up + Corresponding Skins

One of our users’ favorite features has been the ability to personalize your typing lessons by choosing a skin. Now, these skins just got a major upgrade.

When you pick a skin, this not only changes the look of the site, it also gives you an awesome new avatar to represent you.

The more letters you type the more experience points your avatar gains. Type enough and you’ll level up your avatar to something even cooler!

New Achievements to Unlock

Just like in a game, as you type you will be able to unlock achievements for typing speed, accuracy, characters typed and more!

The more you type the more achievements you will unlock!

Introductory Videos

Fun, new animated videos have now been added at the start of lessons to help teach students the basics of proper posture at the keyboard, why typing is a such a valuable skill, and more…

New Lesson Screens

You’ll now find three different screens for lessons designed to reinforce repetition and to visually remind you of where keys are located on the keyboard when learning new keys.

This will make it even easier and faster to start typing quickly and accurately.

Accessing the New Site

Ready to check out these new features for yourself? Click the button below to get on the inside:

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58 thoughts on “Welcome to the NEW Typing.com!

  1. You have made a 56 yr old woman feel like an excited 6 yr old child. I am so looking forward to this. Thank you

  2. A wave of excitement just passed through my IT Office and a flood of compliments for your service!! Woohoo!

  3. Are any of the changes on the administrative side of things? I would really like the option to turn off the back space key! Also the option of forcing students to do lessons in order would be nice. And one more suggestion re reports; how about a progress report to show students’ gains/improvement in WPM and accuracy? Maybe compare scores from their last 2 typing tests?? This would provide great competition between students, classes or grades.
    Thanks!

    1. I agree; these suggestions are all excellent! Two more suggestions:
      1. Allow student level to be adjusted by instructor, in addition to doing the lessons in order
      2. Allow a progress report to show the percentage increase in both WPM and accuracy from what they scored on a particular date (either start of use or start of school year) to current test results.

      1. I love these ideas, and am really interested in students being able to see what their current overall WPM, length of time on program, and accuracy easily. I teach high school, and my students have to hit all three to get points for the week.

        I disagree that the backspace button is an issue, as we aren’t on typewriters, and the backspace tool is huge for word processing:)
        You guys are the best at Typing.com

        1. How do you grade your lessons and what do you mean hit all 3 to get points? I teach high school too and looking for suggestions.

    2. I would like to be able to give students “time credit” for playing the games. Currently, the time only counts on lessons.

    3. I agree with these suggestions. I would love for the students to be forced t do the lessons in order. My students will love the changes!

  4. I’m a Computer Teacher for Grade 1, 2, and 3 students here in the Philippines. My students really love typing.com! I am writing to you to say Thank you for creating, in the words of one of my Grade 2 students, “Awesome!” website. We just ended our school year but some of my students have asked my permission if they could continue typing.com in the Summer. That’s how much fun they have learning how to type using your website. Typing.com will be included in my Computer Lesson Plans for years to come. Please extend our gratitude to your team Mike Gecawich and more power to typing.com!

  5. I am looking forward to starting my lessons today. I work in a office environment, and i need to type better to be competitive

  6. Congratulations and it’s great to hear from typing.com in motivating the users to learn the art of typing which will ease their work.

  7. Here are my suggestions:
    Can typing tests be based ONLY on the letters learned to date?
    Please give teachers the ability to turn off backspace.
    Ability to “push” students back to a certain level if they did not master those letters.
    When the students get into intermediate lessons and they move from easy home row words to easy top row words I find many children move all their fingers to the top row instead of home row and you please add lesson the slowly integrate more and more top and bottome letters while keeping the kids on the home?row?

  8. Could there be a feature that would not allow a student to play a game until they have completed a lesson?

  9. Just previewed the new interface. It’s great! My current students peeked over my shoulder as I walked through it with them, and they love it! They are sad that they can’t use it now. I told them if we switch over, all of their current lesson progress wouldn’t transfer…so they’re waiting for the full switch over!

  10. I am Kelvin from Kenya, I teach at a local university in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology. I learnt the art of touch typing here and I always give my students this exercise as an assignment. Have read through the feedback and most of them are amazing, just wanted to put more weight on “Adult avatars” and any other features that would excite adults.

    Also you could think of adding more information in the “Beginners Lesson” on:
    1. Sitting position
    2. Correct finger placement
    3. Concentrating on accuracy rather than speed
    4. Not crisscrossing the legs
    5. Curving the fingers and lifting up the thump just a little bit
    e.t.c
    That said and done, this is an amazing tool and its helping millions if not billions out here. Keep up the good work!

  11. I think the students will enjoy the enhancements. Are there any plans to enhance the timed writings to include numbers and symbols? The civil service (County, City andState) typing tests include addresses, financial information and other items that require number, symbols and ALL CAPS in the typing test. And they are penalized for using backspace. It would be nice if they could practice for these job related typing test in the program also

  12. Many of my 5th graders finished the entire program and were typing 40-90wpm at the end of the year! This is because of the way you divided it up into 4 levels. My students were celebrated when they finished each level. And they were able to take timings and got to display their certificates if they typed above 95% accuracy. They loved the goals I set for them and became anxious to finish. So they did… but what can I do next year when they return for 6th Grade Keyboarding? Yikes! I would feel bad about having them repeat the program. But what else can I do?

    1. Hi Judy, that is excellent to hear! The best option would be to check out our premium classroom edition EduTyping where we have more lessons, an extra In the News practice library, AND the ability to create custom lessons — meaning you’ll never run out of content. You can see the content we have for Secondary students here. Another option would be to check out one of our typing games NitroType.com where your students can put their skills to the test in timed typing races and race against each other.

  13. My school classes are going to love the new update. I can’t wait to start it. One question, will my existing class students carry over to the new site or will they need to start again?

    1. Hi Jennifer, to answer your question, your existing class students will be automatically carried over to the new site. You won’t have to do a thing!

  14. I’ve started the lessons just some weeks ago, and now this awesome update! Thank you for this wonderful free service, after 20 years as a programmer I’m actually learning to properly type.. as soon as I have conditions I’ll be upgrading and helping your service to grow – it’s really worth it.

    1. Abel, I don’t see a feature that allows you to check the problem keys for each individual lesson, however, the overall problem keys are available by clicking on the “Problem Keys” tab under the main lesson area (where it says “Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, etc). If you click there it will also present the option to make a custom lesson based on those problem keys. Again, I don’t see the feature your looking for, but maybe that’s close enough.

  15. The old version shared to students’ name on the screen. Is there any way to have that piece restored? I have my kids take screen shots to submit work. Without their name showing I have no proof they really did the work.

    1. Gayle, Have you tried the free teacher’s portal? Although I am new to this myself, I have endless hours of browsing the options on this new layout. Just make a teacher’s account, then add those students to the class. It will tell you what work they have completed, how long they spent typing, etc. If they have already created their login names (and I’m assuming that they have) then they can join your created class by using the class room ID. They enter it on their account settings page (the same page where they set their password). Hope this helps.

  16. When students start typing, the top row of words disappear from the screen. The beginner lessons are fine, but the larger lessons take away the current typing line as soon as the first letter is typed. Why is this?

  17. I love this platform. My whole family is enjoying the learning experience. Do you have a social feature wherein members can compare achievements and compete. If not, I hope you have plans for that. I could just imagine a multiplayer typing game that my kids and I can enjoy. That would be awesome.

    1. Hi Abdel, that’s great to hear that your whole family is typing together! For some fun multiplayer typing, I recommend you check out one of our typing games at NitroType.com. There you can each start accounts, add each other as friends, and then play friends races between you! It also keeps track of your stats and has cool cars and achievements that I’m sure your kids will love.

    1. Hi Khizer, thank you for your kind words! Once you are logged in you can see your certificates by clicking “Tests”. If you have any certificates available it will show you the option to “Print Certificate” below. If not, take one of the timed tests and then you’ll be able to print a certificate!

  18. I love the new format, especially the videos which the kids will actually watch! Yay! Also, thank you for the new game which has settings that match the lessons! One small change I’d love to see– is it possible to hold off on using WPM until they actually type words, or even the entire alphabet, including punctuation? Using CPM instead would permit kids to have one more achievement they can unlock, in addition to recognizing the difference between typing nonsense letters and actual words and sentences. My students are misled by their apparent typing speed, thinking they can type 60 WPM when they’re not typing words at all– just using their two index fingers to type J and F. Rather than encouraging them, they keep returning to lesson one in order to get the highest typing speed. It makes me nuts!

  19. Ooh, also, can you add classes to Nitrotype? My kids love this game and it’s a powerful tool for increasing their speed. I would love to be able to monitor what they are doing there so they can get official credit. Maybe add it as a level to typing.com?

  20. I am looking for a typing program to be used as an elective for high school. Can this program be taken for credit? If so, would it be a half credit or a whole credit? How would I acquire documentation to prove participation and how would I measure progress for grading purposes? Thank you!

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