Typing Pal Features — School Edition

More than 700 Training Activities

  • Close to 100 exercises to learn how to type using all your fingers.
  • A smart algorithm that creates customized activities by targeting the keys or fingers that need improvement in terms of speed or accuracy.
  • Thirty exercises to develop reflexes by typing frequent character sequences such as -ness, -ing, or -ion that form the endings of many words.
  • Three collections of 200 training texts offering content that is adapted to the 6-11 years, 12-16 years or 17 and older age groups.
  • The option to create collections of training texts in order to add original customized content.
  • A video providing advice on ergonomics and information on acquiring good work habits.
  • An initial test that serves as a benchmark for evaluating progress.
  • Tests to help improve speed and accuracy.
  • Final tests, often in the form of timed tests, for overall evaluations of speed and accuracy.
  • The program is also available in French as a subscription to Tap’Touche – Édition Scolaire.

Educational Games

  • Two educational games to have fun while learning to type faster.
  • The option to set the difficulty level, for those who want a challenge.
  • The option to target specific keys (the top row, numbers…) in every game.
  • Rankings for games and specific characters that encourage students to outdo themselves.

Various Stimulating Sources of Motivation

  • Sixty-four badges to encourage students to persevere and to explore all the application’s features.
  • A certificate of achievement attesting that the student has completed the training program.
  • Golden stars on the activity icons to indicate that have been completed with a perfect score.
  • Achievement level, represented as a percentage, based on the number of completed activities and the scores achieved.
  • Personal best indicator.
  • Virtual coaches guide students in their training with recommendations and personalized encouragement.
  • Visual feedback during the activity indicates whether the student’s speed and accuracy are below targets.
  • A notification system that announces when a badge has been obtained.
  • Optional audio feedback indicates whether a student has successfully completed or failed an activity.

Simple and Powerful Management Tools

  • Three types of administrator to make managing a school subscription easier: the super administrator manages the subscription and the schools linked to it, the school administrators manage their own schools and the teachers manage the groups of students.
  • The option for the super administrator to delegate local management to school administrators.
  • Powerful management tools to bulk create, update, edit and move accounts.
  • An advanced import and export system for account lists in Excel or CSV.
  • The option to link an official ID, such as a student code, to each student account in order to improve the interoperability of account lists.
  • Search, filter and sort functions to find or classify accounts.
  • The option to set speed and accuracy targets for individual student accounts or for the group as a whole.
  • The option to sort students based on the number of completed activities.
  • The option to automatically delete inactive accounts after a year.
  • A feature to email administrators and teachers their login information and the link to create their password.
  • A feature to export login information to students, including temporary passwords.
  • The option for administrators and teachers to log in as students without having to close their session.
  • A tool to move student accounts from one group to another or from one school to another within a single subscription.
  • The option for the administrators of an expired subscription to erase or export student data using the management tools.
  • The option for the super administrator to create school files when a subscription includes all of a school board’s institutions.
  • The option for administrators to change a teacher’s permissions so that they can access all the groups in a school.
  • The option to write a personalized message to welcome students or to give instructions on their home screen.
  • A dashboard that displays a student’s current activity.
  • The option to bulk export students’ certificates of achievement.
  • An integrated assistance form to facilitate account verification and access to customer service.
  • The option to block access to certain activities, especially games, to direct students’ work.
  • The option to block the use of avatars.

Complete Statistics

  • Complete statistical reports to assess a student’s performance and the time dedicated to training.
  • A tool to export a student’s average or their detailed results in Excel or CSV.
  • An overview of results that can be accessed from the student’s Achievements panel with a single click.
  • The attendance calendar shows a student’s diligence over the past 12 months.
  • Reports on the accuracy and speed of each finger.
  • The option to view video replay for every completed activity.
  • The choice between two units of measure for speed: words per minute or characters per minute.
  • A customizable grading system based on the needs of the teacher or the requirement of the report card.
  • Options to display the accuracy percentage, the number of mistakes and the speed in real time to the right of the typing area.
  • Reset options to delete results for all activities or for certain categories of activity: exercises, test, texts, games or partially completed activities.

A Clear and Intuitive Interface

  • A modern and intuitive interface that can be mastered in a few minutes.
  • The choice of light or dark mode based on your preferences or your system settings.
  • The choice of 109 avatars from three collections: fun creatures, neutral photos or colorful portraits.
  • The choice of 4 fonts to help students who have trouble distinguishing between characters, such as those with dyslexia.
  • Icons that clearly convey the nature and status of training activities.
  • The option to briefly display typing mistakes.
  • The choice of the location of the typing area: directly in the text or below it.
  • An animation zone under the typing area that encourages students to look at the screen instead of the keyboard when typing.
  • Options to mask the animation zone or to customize it with entertaining animations or a keyboard viewer.
  • The keyboard viewer includes animated hands to guide the fingers when a hesitation is detected during an exercise.
  • Options to display the elapsed time and progress in real time to the right of the typing area.
  • The option to show mistakes in the text with an underscore.
  • A tool to help students choose the keyboard configuration that corresponds to their keyboard.
  • A home screen that suggests activities to undertake.
  • The option to navigate using the keys and not the mouse, thus maintaining the position of the hands.

Easy Online Access

  • Four of the most popular sign-on methods: Google, Clever, Office 365 and Apple.
  • An online application that can be accessed from a compatible device (PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad) that is connected to the Internet. (See System Requirements.)

Strong Security Measures

  • A privacy policy and practices that meet the highest standards regarding the security of personal information. (See Privacy Policy).
  • Secure methods for password sharing, setup and reset.
  • A strength indicator that shows the strength of the password chosen by the student.
  • The option to log out of Typing Pal and Google or Office 365 at the same time to avoid leaving a session open.
  • The option for administrators to force all of a school’s users to log out of Typing Pal and Google or Office 365 at the same time to avoid leaving a session open.
  • Use of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol to set up an encrypted connection that ensures privacy and the protection of transferred data.
  • Data storage on firewall-protected servers located in a secure environment to prevent unauthorized access.
  • A function that allows students who cannot reset their password (if the school blocks emails from external domains) to contact their teacher so that the teacher can send them a temporary password.

Rich and Varied Documentation

  • A clear online user guide to answer any questions students might have.
  • A startup guide for teachers to help them master Typing Pal quickly.
  • Pedagogical activity sheets with worksheets for planning training activities
  • A full list of new features to discover newly available functions.
  • An FAQ section to answer the most commonly asked questions.
  • A detailed article explaining the correct typing method.
  • An article explaining the importance of accuracy, and why it is given precedence over speed in our typing training program.
  • An article to help guide the choice of a target speed.
  • Recommendations for training planning.
  • An article detailing the options for customizing a learning program.
  • A blog that regularly posts tips and news relating to Typing Pal, as well as interesting articles relating to keyboards and typing.
  • A letter template to explain Typing Pal to parents.
  • A reference sheet explaining the legend.
  • Self-evaluation forms to enrich and record the student’s evaluation.
  • A review of the scientific literature on the best time to start the training program and the benefits of a proper typing technique.