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By Eric Benac, eHow Contributor
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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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