Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum 5.0 Windows in paper sleeve

Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum 5.0 Windows in paper sleeve

# 049847

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Item #: 049847
Grades: PK-8

Product Description:

This version of Typing Instructor for Kids is a physical CD-ROM and comes in a paper sleeve, not a box. System requirements for Windows: Pentium® P4 • Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or XP • 480 MB Hard Disk Space • CD-ROM Drive • 800 x 600, 16-Bit or Higher Display • 16-Bit Sound Card • Speakers or Headphones • Mouse

Publisher Description:

Get to the head of the class with this award-winning typing program, preferred by teachers and parents. Typing Instructor for Kids has just the right blend of features to provide an educational, entertaining, and motivating experience for young typists. Creative Typer Island theme, fast moving, arcade-style games, and educational learning plans keep you engaged as you earn rewards, play challenging games, and increase your typing skills. Learn to type in English or Spanish.

  • Kids learn to type on an exciting adventure on Typer Island
  • Teaches keyboard basics following an age-appropriate Typing Plan – Meets National NETS/ISTE and Common Core Standards
  • Step-by-step lessons, challenges, tests, and exciting typing games motivate kids to keep typing, learn in English or Spanish
  • Island adventure and rewards motivate kids to improve their typing skills
  • Preferred by Teachers and Parents to teach young children to type

Island Adventure Motivates Kids to Improve Typing Skills

Typing Instructor for Kids offers rewards every step of the way! Visit distinct lands for lessons, challenges, tests, and games. Search for treasures, earn points, and add gold and jewels to your treasure box on a journey to reach the Castle and become the Ruler of Typer Island. Once you reach the Castle you will be a touch typist and can print a certificate of accomplishment!

More Adventures in the Castle & the Lost City

Once you get to the Castle, you can play new games available only in the Castle, Tomb Typer and Xtreme Typing. Make your way to the mysterious Lost City and discover Treasure Quest, a unique narrative typing game, and Ziggy, a fun typing challenge.

Ergonomics & Custom Typing Plans Help Kids Learn to Type

Step-by-Step Typing Instruction is provided, including proper posture, finger position, and ergonomic features. Visual guides show finger and key placement. Choose from one of eleven educational typing plans with seamless progression tailored for both keyboard and numeric keys and symbols.

10 Complete Typing Plans

  • 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
  • Numeric Key Pad
  • Creative Ways to Practice Typing

    Explore five exciting lands on Typer Island on your adventure to reach the Castle. Take a break from your typing plan at any time and visit the Practice Area where you can play challenging multi-level games in the arcade on Explorer Isle, practice lessons and tests, or practice typing classic literature or fairy tales in Story Lagoon.

    160 Professional Lessons & Tests

    Improve your typing speed and accuracy quickly with quality lessons and tests. Repetitive key stroking helps you build correct finger-to-key memory. All lessons and tests are in English and Spanish. Results are provided for adjusted words per minute, based on both typing accuracy and speed.

    • 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

    30+ Typing Challenges to improve overall typing performance.

    • Comprehensive Evaluation
    • Timed Challenges
    • Advanced Level Challenges
    • Multi-Level Game Challenges

    Charts on Instant Feedback for all Typing Activities

    Instant Feedback is provided on typing results so you can see how you did on a lesson, challenge, test, or game right away. Detailed results show the keys you know well and the keys that need more practice.

    Results are given for:

    • Words per minute (WPM) Scores & Accuracy Percentages
    • Results Calculated from All Activities
    • Performance Assessment for Key, Finger, Hand & Row
    • Printable Results
    • Results Tracked for Five Typists

    Certificates of Achievement

    You can print a certificate of achievement when you reach the Castle to show you have successfully conquered Typer Island and are a Touch Typist.

    Multi-Play Games Set a New Standard in Entertainment!

    Entertaining and challenging typing games offer multiple ways to play games for typists of all levels. Choose the length of time, words-per-minute, and level of difficulty. Typing Instructor Platinum for Kids has over 30+ game challenges that teach specific typing skills, such as speed, accuracy, rhythm, dexterity, and retention.

    30+ Game Challenges

    Type the words on each pillar of the pyramid to change it to a new color before the enemies ruin your plans in Ziggy. Use your retention and typing skills to find gold and jewels in Treasures of the Sunken City. Beware of giant sea creatures in Typing with Sharks and learn to type quickly and accurately to keep your submarine intact. Improve your key stroking by zapping space debris in Flotsam Fighter. Advance to the next level or fly through the skies in Diamond Glider’s rhythm typing adventure. All of Typing Instructor games have multiple levels of play to keep typing challenges fun and motivating.

    System Requirements

    Pentium® P4 • Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or XP • 480 MB Hard Disk Space • CD-ROM Drive • 800 x 600, 16-Bit or Higher Display • 16-Bit Sound Card • Speakers or Headphones • Mouse

Category Description for Typing Instructor for Kids:

With a similar mix of lessons, tests, practice material, and games as Typing Instructor, this version is more accessible to younger kids and offers a fun, motivating and effective way to learn typing skills. There are currently two versions available: Gold and Platinum. Gold is the most updated version with enhancements in graphics, but very few content changes. Choose from Mac or Windows, CD-ROM or downloads. Please note system requirements under each item.

Typing Instructor for Kids features 160 touch-typing lessons which cover all the basic keys (letters, numbers, symbols) on either a standard or a split keyboard (except for the 10-key number pad). There are ten different typing plans to choose from, each geared to a different age group. Regardless of the plan they are following, each student learns the keyboard by taking a tour of "Typer Island" and visiting five different lands as they journey to the Castle. As students journey through Old West, On the Water, In the Air, Over the Edge, and Under the Sea, they'll learn new keys and complete exciting challenges (usually timed) like typing to shoot words out of the sky, racing a Viking ship by typing words as quickly as possible, and typing words printed on sharks before they eat you! The activities build upon each other so students can't move on until their skills are ready. The changes in scenery add a lot of variety to the lessons, but you can still rely on helpful features including visual instruction with the 3-D guide hands and keyboard. Accuracy and speed (WPM) are also tracked throughout, with students getting instant feedback on their performance, and earning rewards as well.

Of course, the arcade-like games will be the most fun to the beginning typist! The further students advance in the program, the more games will be available to them. Once they make it through all five lands, students capture the Castle, which opens the Lost City, a new addition to the program that provides two new games. While capturing the Castle and exploring the Lost City are the ultimate goals of the game, students earn treasures and points all through the program, which keeps them motivated and entertained. Students can also visit Explorer Isle at any point to play their favorite games (except for Lost City games), using only the keys that they have covered already. They can also visit Story Lagoon and practice typing one of 40 familiar stories, including fairy tales and classic literature. With this programs careful progression, interesting storyline, high-quality animation, 30+ games, multiple skill levels, and English/Spanish instruction, its no wonder it is the winner of so many prestigious educational awards. This one comes highly recommended, folks.

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I thought I'd like to teach my going to be in the 4th-grade son to type this summer.
Patricia M on May 8, 2022
Recommended by friends
Sarah K on Jun 1, 2020
I thought I'd like to teach my going to be in the 4th-grade son to type this summer.
Patricia M on May 8, 2022
Since neither of my boys like handwriting I'm hoping they learn to love typing as a way of putting thoughts on paper.
Amie P on Sep 1, 2021
Recommended by friends
Sarah K on Jun 1, 2020
The games in the CD seem interesting.
Dora C on May 5, 2020
Good on-line reviews
Molly M on Aug 11, 2019
I wanted a typing program that each of my children, from first to 4th grade could use.
Michelle S on May 3, 2019
I heard it is a very good typing program from another family
Julie K on Apr 14, 2019
Windows 10
Rachel B on Jan 27, 2019
My children love this!
Annie U on Sep 17, 2018
Great value, fun games, and the option to earn points and level up.
Christine K on Sep 10, 2018
I'm hoping to use this to teach my boys how to type. They are in 3rd and 5th grades.
Kimberly N on Aug 7, 2018
review and price
Pamela M on Jun 5, 2018
It was recommended on Cathy Duffy's top 102
Donella R on Apr 8, 2018
I've done extensive research, and I found this to be the best program for teaching grade schoolers how to type.
Holly A on Jan 24, 2018
best price
melanie a on Jan 16, 2018
Good Reviews
Amy E on Oct 25, 2017
I like that it can work on an older - non wifi computer in the house.
Kristine W on Aug 21, 2017
Reasonable price and covers large age group
Melissa J on Aug 15, 2017
I have kids in K-5th grade and this typing program looks like it will be good for all of those ages. I hope they like the games and it makes learning to type fun.
Stephanie H on Aug 14, 2017
It seemed to be the most through typing program that would still be fun for kids.
Laura C on Aug 9, 2017
Sounded like a good, economical option for teaching my kids to type.
Lisa H on Jul 1, 2017
this product had top reviews online
Lindsey B on Apr 20, 2017
This curriculum looks like what I am needing for my Special Ed 9th grade student.
Wendy S on Feb 9, 2017
Teach typing skills
DANIEL on Nov 10, 2016
Heard from another child that it was lots of fun
Julie S on Oct 25, 2016
Heard it is a great program to teach kids how to type/keyboard.
Julie G on Oct 19, 2016
The curriculum was exactly what I was looking for and it came with the book.
Christina W on Sep 6, 2016
Highly recommended
Agnes L on Sep 5, 2016
Well recommended from friends
Nicole R on Aug 18, 2016
Good online reviews
Julie Z on Jul 6, 2016
Many positive reviews and the games that look like they will engage my kids.
Sarah H on May 23, 2016
My kids like it and it is easy and fun to use.
Linda L on Feb 22, 2016
For typing skills
Tiffany B on Feb 2, 2016
As a homeschool family this is a great way for our kids to learn typing skills. Also, my son really struggles with handwriting so we want to give him another tool to make school work less of a battle.
Marcie B on Jan 11, 2016
recommended by a friend
Corrie B on Nov 11, 2015
my kids need to learn how to type at some point and any activity on the computer gets them excited.
Carrie P on Nov 10, 2015
Children did not like Typing Master, so we will try this.
Mrs L on Oct 28, 2015
Ruth K on Oct 9, 2015
Since neither of my boys like handwriting I'm hoping they learn to love typing as a way of putting thoughts on paper.
Amie P on Sep 1, 2021
The games in the CD seem interesting.
Dora C on May 5, 2020
Can you have multiple children using the program and have their progress saved individually?
Lynn on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If I remember right, each child can have their own account.
My children do not use it and I am looking for another program.
It progressed to fast for them. They were very frustrated by the program.
Plus the games jumped around to different letters to fast too.
It would be good for a child 10 plus
Is this version compatible with Windows 8 & 10? The typing instructor webpage says it is, but not the description here. Is this an older version of Typing Instructor Platinum 5?
Diana W on Nov 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The product I received works on 8.1 and 10.
What is the difference between the Typing Instructor versions I see. Some of them have signifiant price differences, but other than compatability is there any other difference in them?
User on Oct 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We carry three basic editions of Typing Instructor: Typing Instructor for Kids - #31007 (Windows and Macs) and #49847 (Windows only). Typing Instructor Platinum - #45999 (Windows in box), #8368 (Macs in box), and #46000 (PCs and Macs in paper sleeve). Typing Instructor Deluxe - an older version - #12240 PCs. All have the same basic typing instruction. The Kids version targets a younger audience. The Platinum edition has enhanced features as compared to the older Deluxe version. There are two important criteria for selection: age of your students and your computer operating system.
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Platinum Kids Typing Instructor
Very engaging for young ones!
October 1, 2019
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great product!
My kids love it! They've been practicing without being told:)
December 4, 2015
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