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4 iPhone and iPad Apps That Help to Learn Touch Typing

4 iPhone and iPad Apps That Help to Learn Touch Typing

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Learning how to properly touch type is one of the most important skills you will ever learn, but not everyone has the time to sit in front of their computer for hours on end learning how to type. To help those people who don't have access to a traditional computer or just don't have the time to sit still and practice their skills, the Apple App Store has a great variety of typing apps for the iPad and iPhone which can help you learn to properly touch type in your spare time. They can also increase your touchscreen typing speed, making your mobile devices even more useful. Read on to discover the top 4 iOS typing apps to help you learn the proper touch typing techniques.

Tap Typing (Free, $3.99 for Full Version) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taptyping-typing-trainer/id376526006?mt=8

Tap Typing is one of the highest rated touch typing applications currently available on the App Store. It is currently compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and many users report that they have used it successfully with their Bluetooth keyboards. The app has crash courses customized for the touchscreen keyboards of the iPad and iPhone, as well as traditional QWERTY lessons. If you're tired of the traditional lists of random words, you can choose to type scenes or selections from classics like Romeo and Juliet or Alice in Wonderland. The app keeps track of your lessons, provides you with a comprehensive words per minute assessment, and lets you know where your problem keys are as well. It is one of the most well programmed and useful typing applications currently available on the app store. 

AccelType (1.99 for Full Version) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/acceltype-touch-typing-tutor/id551271732...

Accel Type is an app that is designed for use solely on the iPad. It employs the touch typing lessons while using the onscreen keyboard, which makes it a bit trickier to type quickly. On a standard keyboard, you have the tactile sensation of the keyboard to help guide your fingertips. You don't have that assistance on a touch screen keyboard. The application is designed to teach you how to properly place your fingers and which fingers are used for each keys. These skills can easily be translated to use on a standard keyboard. The app will track your progress though each of the specially designed exercises, as well as paying attention to your problem keys. From there, it can create customized lessons to help you improve your skills and become a fast touch screen touch typist. 

TypingWeb (Free) http://www.typingweb.com/

Typing Web is one of the most commonly used and well known online typing tutors currently available. Recently, they began to offer a mobile version of their services that can be downloaded from to the iPhone and iPad. This application is designed to help increase both your QWERTY and mobile typing skills, making your mobile device a truly useful multipurpose tool. This requires the creation of an account to store and track your typing skills, and downloading the application is recommended only on a WiFi connection because of its size. 

GhostType ($4.99 for Full Version) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ghost-type-typing-tutor-to/id495081717?mt=8

This application is designed to help you master your iPad typing skills. Coming in at $5, it is the most expensive application on this list but it is also the most highly reviewed. Like it's name suggests, the ghost keyboard periodically vanishes to help you learn how to properly type without looking down at the keys. These vanishing keys can be adjusted as needed, or even shut off entirely as you're learning the proper placement of your fingers on the keys. The application itself contains an enormous variety of lessons, but it also has the option for you to create your own lessons that can be shared with other GhostType users. Create a lesson based around your favorite book, song, or play to give you something easy and familiar to start out with, then try out the lessons that other users have created.

This is just a sample of the applications available to help you improve your typing skills on your iPad and iPhone. Instead of being stuck in front of your computer or laptop, take your touch typing lessons anywhere you have an internet connection. Mobile devices are quickly advancing to the point that they can actually replace traditional computers in many respects, so it is only sensible that you should learn to type on an iPad!

BTW, you can check you keyboarding speed on PC at http://www.ratatype.com/typing-test/

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Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT's picture
Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT
Middle school English/Digital Media teacher

Thanks for sharing these! Our 8th graders all received loaner Chromebooks last week, and I thought it would be a good idea to devote some time each week to typing practice. I know their touch typing skills will improve over the year from all the writing we do, but I also know from experience that dedicated keyboard practice is a great way to not only build those skills, but also build their writing confidence. I like the looks of Typing Web -- importing classes now!

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