Last week I visited a school in which an elementary class dedicated some time to practicing their typing skills. The program they were using was an online program that allowed them to assess their learning based on how many words per minute they typed. Does anyone know of any good online typing instructors?
When I had my 4th graders blog, we used Dance Mat Typing for an hour a week for a month. By the end of the month, most of the kids could type as fast as they could write with a pencil. Students loved the program, which is set up more like a game, and they often asked to stay after class to continue using it. The program is web-based, is fun, and is FREE. It's available through the BBC's website. I highly recommend it.
Typing Web is the best free online typing software. I love it and we use it in my 6th Grade Class.