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As computers have become more and more prevalent in our lives, typing skills have become increasingly important. "Mavis Beacon" is a line of software created by Broderbund that assists in the learning and practice of typing skills. There are a number of game variations to choose from.

  1. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

    • The first "Mavis Beacon" game was released in 1987 by the company Software Toolworks. This original version is considered "abandonware" and is available to download for free from websites such as Free Game Downloads. It has four-color CGA graphics, which may seem a bit basic to the contemporary gamer, but the program contains most of the same basic features as later "Mavis Beacon" games. Players learn their keyboarding lesson by lesson, with transparent hands on the screen illustrating where they are typing. You are rated based on accuracy, speed and percentage completed. This is updated as you play, helping you keep track of your progress. A metronome can be activated to keep your rhythm going. Players can skip a lesson if they are struggling or take a break by playing a simple racing game, where accurate typing helps you drive faster.

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Platinum

    • "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Platinum" is an advanced typing games that states that it can improve typing skills in two weeks. There are 16 different games within the program, including word shooting games, racing games and many others. These games focus on different aspects of typing, with some games focusing on precision while other games focus on speed. Some focus on numbers only, helping increase your ability to type numbers. New features also include a curriculum map that helps players see how far they have gone in the typing training. There are over 420 different pieces of typing content, ensuring that players will rarely see the same passages twice. They focus on everything from passages from books to autobiographies to recipes and even math problems. Players can also learn how to type in Spanish. As of August 2010, the game can be purchased for $20.00 to $30.00.

    Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz

    • Most "Mavis Beacon" games are designed for teenagers or adults. While they are typically usable by younger children, some may find it difficult to stay engaged. "Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz" is aimed at younger children and provides a plot to the game: Mavis Beacon is working at a movie concession stand. Kids have to help her take orders by mastering their typing skills. There are over 250 different keyboarding lessons, over 200 practice topics, 10 different typing games, multiple music selections, a curriculum map, individual key progress tracking and even printable awards for finishing lessons.

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    Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum 5Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum

    The Exciting Way for Kids to Learn to Type!


    Kids learn to type on an exciting adventure on Typer Island. They learn all keyboard basics following an age-appropriate Typing Plan. Step-by-step lessons, challenges, tests, and games motivate kids to keep typing their way around the Island to reach the Castle, advance to the Lost City, and become touch-typists! Kids can learn in English or Spanish.


    Type around Typer Island
    Kids type their way around Typer Island to reach the Castle and advance to the Lost City!
    Island Adventure Theme Motivates Kids to Improve Typing Skills Reward-Seeking Program!

    This program offers rewards every step of the way! Kids visit distinct lands for lessons, challenges, tests, and games. They search for treasures, earn points, and add gold and jewels to their treasure box, on a journey to reach the Castle and become the Ruler of Typer Island. Once they reach the Castle, they advance to the Lost City, for more challenges and exciting games!

    Explore Distinct Lands!

    Kids visit The Old West, On the Water, In the Air, Over the Edge, and Under the Sea. They can take a break from lessons and go to Explorer Isle to play games, or to Story Lagoon to practice typing stories from Classic Literature and Fairy Tales.

    Exciting Castle Adventures!

    Once kids get to the Castle, they can play new games, like Tomb Typer and Xtreme Typing, and they can go to the Lost City for Treasure Quest and the ever-challenging Ziggy!

    Capture the Castle to access Lost City!
    The Lost City is underwater and only accessible by first Capturing the Castle!
    The Mysterious Lost City!

    Kids get to visit the Lost City once they complete the lessons, tests, and challenges of all five lands on Typer Island and "Capture the Castle!" In the Lost City they can explore the ruins and the shipwreck, and play Treasure Quest, the first typing adventure game, and the challenging arcade action game, Ziggy.

    30+ Game Challenges!

    Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum uses "Entertainment Explosion," to make learning to type fun and exciting. Kids can play games in a variety of ways by selecting options from the game settings menu. Arcade-style play and multiple levels make games extremely challenging and fun.

    Typing Challenges and Tests Increase Speed and Accuracy Typing Challenges

    There are over 30 typing challenges. These include:

    Comprehensive Evaluation Timed Challenges Advanced Level Challenges Multi-Level Game Challenges Typing Tests

    There are hundreds of tests in Typing Instructor Platinum for Kids. Tests measure speed and accuracy, and results are provided for adjusted words per minute, based on both typing accuracy and speed.

    Instant Results Give Kids Incentive to Improve Keyboarding Skills Typing Progress Results

    Instant Feedback is provided on typing results. Kids can see how they did on a lesson, challenge, test, or game right away. Results are given for:

    WPM scores & Accuracy Percentages Results Calculated from All Activities Performance Assessment for Key, Finger, Hand & Row Printable Results Results Tracked for five Typists
    Performance assessments provided
    Performance assessments are provided by key, finger, hand, and row.
    Certificates of Achievement

    Kids can print a certificate of achievement to show they have successfully conquered Typer Island and Rule the Island!

    Charts and Feedback

    Detailed results show kids the keys they know well and the keys that need more practice.

    Creative Lessons and Exercises Help Kids Learn to Type

    Step-by-Step Typing Instruction is provided, including proper posture, finger position, and ergonomic features. Visual Guides show finger/key placement.

    Lesson Plans
    Lessons include step-by-step instruction.
    Lessons include step-by-step instruction with visual 3D guide hands.

    There are 10 customized lesson plans to teach kids of all ages to type:

    Learning the Home Row Home Row and Upper Row Home Row and Lower Row Ages 7-8 Ages 9-10 Games Plan Skill Building Plan Suggested Typing Plan (no games) Suggested Typing Plan Learn in English and Spanish

    There are 160 lessons, in English and Spanish. All lessons include:

    Structured Touch-Typing Content Proven Methods for Skill-Building Unique Drills & Interactive Exercises Age-Appropriate Content Graphic Guide Hands Standard & Split Keyboards Multi-Skill Levels





    Multi-Level Games Make Learning to Type Fun

    Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum has over 30+ Game Challenges! Kids can play games in a variety of ways by selecting options from the drop down menu, including words per minute (wpm), level of difficulty, and in some games, select an opponent. Games include multiple levels of play and points scored, so kids are motivated to win the first level, advance to the next level, and achieve a high game score!

    Xtreme Typing
    Keep your fingers on the keyboard as you move your motorcycle across the desert in Xtreme Typing!
    New! Xtreme Typing

    This fast moving game teaches kids to keep their fingers on the keyboard to move their motorcycle across the desert and through the heart of the city. When they type accurately and faster than their target words per minute, they see a motorcycle stunt fest! Their bike makes several jumps, flies off ramps, rolls over limousines, and flies over buses.

    New! Typing With Sharks

    This action-packed, underwater adventure helps kids learn challenging keys on the keyboard. They type words quickly to zap hungry sharks and piranhas before they attack their submarine. The deeper they dive, the harder it is to escape, especially from the electric eel, giant squid and the boss shark.

    New! Flotsam Fighter

    Kids use their Flotsam Fighter Space Ship to clean-up space debris (flotsam), and save all four planets in the Aeon Galaxy by zapping space debris from around the planets. The more debris they collect, the more intergalactic credits they earn. Eight challenging levels of play help them develop their typing speed, typing accuracy, and save the Galaxy!

    New! Tomb Typer!

    This 3D interactive game helps kids to improve their typing skills and use their wits! They search an ancient Egyptian tomb by correctly typing words and characters to navigate their way through two levels of intriguing exploration for treasure.

    The Features of Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum Typing Plans Exclusive! Learn in English or Spanish! Exclusive! Choose from 10 Typing Plans for specific age groups! Lessons Structured touch-typing content 160 Lessons Proven methods for skill-building Age-appropriate content Standard and split keyboard lessons 3D guide hands for all keyboards Typing Challenges & Tests Exclusive! 30+ game challenges Exclusive! Advanced level challenges Proficiency tests and advancement level tests Progress & Results Exclusive! Instantly tracks results! Exclusive! WPM scores and accuracy percentages Exclusive! Pass tests and get rewards Performance assessment for key, finger, hand, and row Results calculated from all activities Full-color progress charts and graphs Printable results Certificates of Achievement Practice Activities Exclusive! Practice how to type and ergonomics Exclusive! Practice games on Explorer Isle and in the Castle Arcade Advanced skill-building lessons and challenges Motivational Features Exclusive! Exciting castle-seeking theme Exclusive! Visit 5 unique lands on Typer Island Exclusive! Capture the Castle & advance to the Lost City Games & Entertainment Exclusive! Multi-play games! Play games the way you want! Exclusive! Multi-level games! More challenges as you advance





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