When I was in high school, it was required that I take a keyboarding class or two. This was right away in the 7th grade. I joked around a lot during that class, never really taking it seriously. I learned real fast when I got a job that I needed some necessary keyboard skills. Now that I am home and working on sharing our journey with you, I use these simple skills more than ever. So, it is crucial to me that I give my children at least these necessary skills as well. The UltraKey Family Online Subscription from Bytes of Learning is making that possible for me!
What Is It
UltraKey Family Online Subscription is just that, an online subscription. You will need to have internet access to use this program. While only having a computer and internet are a must, you also need the latest html5 internet standards. This means that Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are great, as long as they are the most recent versions. UltraKey is oriented to the North American Keyboard and the North American spelling and content. This was not a problem for us, but I wanted to let everyone know.
UltraKey Family Subscription is available in three different options. You can have a 3-User Family for $29.95, 5-User Family for $39.95, or an 8-User Family for $49.95. These prices are annual prices. Yes, annual! That means that your whole family can learn to keyboard or improve your skills for one low yearly cost.
UltraKey reminds me of the program I used as a student. There are no extra thrills and frills during the lessons. There is an onscreen guide that shows where your fingers should be placed while you are working on your skills. The finger that is supposed to move or key in the letter will move. This makes it easier for your student to focus on something other than the keyboard while they are learning.
After you go through the lesson, you work on a skill check. You are able to pick the phrase you want to work on, and how long it will be. This is where you practice what you have learned. This is also where you will have to master your WPM or your accuracy to be able to pass the Skill Check.
As you learn more letters and finger movements, you can practice by using games. Games are always fun and are a great break during the middle of the lessons. Anytime my children can play games, means they want to keep playing, but don’t tell them they are learning while they are playing. I am trying to keep this a secret for the time being!
How We Used It
I decided that Ray Ray needed to have something to do to keep him busy and learning. I did not force him to go at a specific speed, and I personally set his goal accuracy. At this point I am not worried about words per minute, I want him to get the keys down, and after that, we can redo the program with the focus on WPM versus accuracy. That is the joy of this program, you as the child’s mother will pick what goal they should work on.
I had him do 15-20 minutes a day. After learning the lesson, a lot of time would be spent on working on his skills check. I wanted his focus to be on mastering where the keys were. I didn’t care how many skills checks he did, as long as he kept getting better each time and spent less time looking down at his fingers as he went.
What We Thought of It
I loved this program! Why? Because it reminded me of the program, I used when I learned how to keyboard! The lessons are fun and short. They are easy to get through one in a day. This meant that Ray Ray was never bored. He would be interested long enough to finish the lesson. After the lesson, we would do the skills check to see how well we could hit our goal, accuracy. This is where I would have Ray Ray practice a little more. I love that I am able to have a variety of skill checks in a variety of lengths to allow him to practice and not get bored.
As Ray Ray progresses, I am able to view his progress on my dashboard. This means that I can see where he needs help, or where he is doing good.
Ray Ray has always wanted to be able to keyboard with speed like I do. He is loving that he is slowly building these skills. Ray Ray loves that I am able to set his goal and that he doesn’t have to worry about speed yet. He loves that the fingers on the screen show him what to do so that he doesn’t have to look down at the keyboard.