Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sunburst Technology's Type to Learn, Jr

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sunburst Technology's Type to Learn, Jr

Article excerpt

Type to Learn, Jr. from Sunburst Technology introduces keyboarding skills to young-computer users in a fun and creative way. Type to Learn, Jr. is bright and captivating, easy to understand, easy to navigate, and just plain fun. One of the best aspects of Type to Learn, Jr. was that I was able to fully load the program (I used an iBook with OS 9 to review this program), eliminating the need to insert the CD every time the children wanted to play. After opening the program and signing in, you are brought to a colorful house and introduced to the four main aspects of the program: The Learning Center, Cassie's Empty Nest, Hopkin's Treasure Trove and Tiny's Flying Feat. Using this "home" makes it very easy to progress to the different activities of the program. Everything is based on this opening screen.

The Learning Center, where all children should start and review on a regular basis, introduces the letters of the alphabet (lowercase, uppercase, numbers and punctuation), and teaches users which hand is used to type each letter. The keyboard is color coded for your right (purple) and left (red) hands. However, the program does not include which finger is used to type each letter. After typing the specified letter, a word beginning with that letter is shown. Throughout the program, key words representing the letters of the alphabet are used.

After completing The Learning Center, children can move on to any of the three other activities in the house. …

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