Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
One of the most popular software programs for learning and improving typing skills, this program's strength is that it is constantly challenging the user to improve their speed as well. And it works, with a combination of lessons and motivating games - all of which are tailored to the user's skill level. Mavis Beacon, your electronic teacher, keeps track of your progress, dynamically adjusts your progress based on performance, and guides you towards becoming a faster, more accurate typist. You can customize lesson plans based on age, typing ability, and progress. The Progress Tracker keeps track of speed, accuracy, words per minute, goals, and key proficiency, so you know exactly where you can improve. Each time you use the software, you pick up again where you ended previously. There are numerous user settings so you can select your goals, age, keyboard style, language (Spanish is an option in all versions plus French in Platinum.), and music preferences. The lessons are easy to complete, and a keyboard with semi-transparent hands at the bottom types along with you to show you which fingers should strike which keys. Interspersed at appropriate times are quizzes, tests, and breaks for games to help you practice your skills and track your progress. We have used this program (in a much earlier version) in our homeschool, and found it highly effective, especially in building speed. We offer four versions of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing: Deluxe (V17), Version 18, 25th Anniversary Edition (Deluxe V20), and Platinum (V20). All offer plenty of lessons and practice you can easily tailor to your age and skill level, but the V20 versions feature more bells and whistles.