Posts Tagged ‘typing’

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:
  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation. 

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Learn How to Type for Free!

January 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Typing Tutor: Free Online Typing Tutor

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Rita suggested this ad-supported website that offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is required.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques.Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As I mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 16th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, May 16, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC: Skillswise

Age Range: 11 and up (with parental preview and supervision)

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

*Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.

*Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.

*Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.

*Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.

*Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games I sampled for this review, I didn’t find any objectionable content. However, I did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

 

Typing Program for Kids 7-11

October 13th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, October 12, 2010 and time for Language Arts at Clickschooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC: Dance Mat Typing

The BBC offers this free touch-typing program for children ages 7 to 11 using a multi-media format that includes animations, sound, and lots of interactive exercises. 

When you get to the site you’ll see there are four introductory levels. Each level is divided into three stages. Simply begin with Level 1 and work at your own pace to develop your skills through Level 4.

Worksheets are available that can be printed out and used offline as well.

Online Foreign Language Practice & Games

June 5th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 5, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Internet Polyglot

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Due to the large amount of content on this site, it may require a minute or two to fully load. Then, in the center of the page, read the descriptions for the tools that are available on the site and the instructions on how to use them. It will make
overall navigation much easier. 

Select the language you want to learn from the language menu on the left side of the page. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also access:

*Tutorial Slide Show – Watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. This is sort of like virtual flash cards. 
 
*Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.

*Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.

*Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on my visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise
use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not
as the sole method for learning a language.

Free Typing Tutorials

October 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:
TypingSoft.com: All The Touch Typing Tutors

Age Range: About 9 and up (parental assistance and supervision required)

ClickScholar Chris wrote, “This is an incredible FREE typing tutor program. They also offer a compilation of every single rival typing program, both free and paid, that they know about with analysis (albeit their own take, of course). Way cool!”

This site does indeed offer a free, downloadable typing program called “Stamina Typing Tutor” that includes the traditional finger positioning on the keyboard and an alternative method to reduce hand stress.

The free program (for both novices and advanced users) includes a user-friendly interface with lessons, progress graphs, virtual keyboard, sounds/music, support for several users, and as described at the website “a small elephant pile of pleasant tidbits.” :)

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of typing tutorials. Under “Freeware” the first item listed is “Stamina Typing Tutor” which is the program offered at this site. Below it are listed other free typing programs that are rivals of Stamina. The archive includes:

  • Downloadable Freeware
  • Free Online Typing Programs
  • Free Online Typing Speed Tests
  • Shareware Typing Programs

Click on any one and it takes you to a review of the program by the Stamina makers, and so one must assume the review may be biased. However they do provide a good idea of what to expect from any given free typing tutorial along with a direct link to that typing program’s website – making it easy for you to try it out for yourself!

The site also offers some typing technique
information that may be helpful to you.

If you like what you find at this site – they welcome donations.

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