Typing Pal Features — Home Edition

Typing Pal’s Home Edition offers the same tried-and-true method as the School Edition, which is used by thousands of schools worldwide. You can even follow your child’s progress just like a teacher would! Discover all the features of this effective and comprehensive program here.

More than 700 Training Activities

  • Close to 100 exercises to learn how to type using all your fingers.
  • A smart algorithm that creates customized activities by targeting the keys or fingers that need improvement in terms of speed or accuracy.
  • Thirty exercises to develop reflexes by typing frequent character sequences such as the -ness, -ing, or -ion that form the endings of many words.
  • Three collections of 200 training texts offering content that is adapted to the 6-11 years, 12-16 years or 17 and older age groups.
  • The option to choose the learning language for the training program (English or French).
  • A video providing advice on ergonomics and information on acquiring good work habits.
  • An initial test that serves as a benchmark for evaluating progress.
  • Tests to help improve speed and accuracy.
  • Final tests, often in the form of timed tests, for overall evaluations of speed and accuracy.

Educational Games

  • Two educational games to have fun while learning to type faster.
  • The option to set the difficulty level, for those who want a challenge.
  • The option to target specific keys (the top row, numbers…) in every game.
  • Rankings for games and specific characters encourage users to outdo themselves.

Various Stimulating Sources of Motivation

  • Sixty-four badges to encourage users to persevere and to explore all the application’s features.
  • A certificate of achievement attesting that the user has completed the training program.
  • Golden stars on the activity icons to indicate that they have been completed with a perfect score.
  • Achievement level, represented as a percentage, based on the number of completed activities and the scores achieved.
  • Personal best indicator.
  • The virtual coaches guide users in their training with recommendations and customized encouragement.
  • Visual feedback during the activity indicates whether the user’s speed and accuracy are below targets.
  • The notification system announces when a badge has been obtained.
  • Optional audio feedback indicates whether a user has successfully completed or failed an activity.

Simple and Powerful Management Tools

  • Three types of users to facilitate the management of the Home Edition: subscription holder, invited user and supervised user.
  • The option to add additional users throughout the subscription period.
  • The option for the subscription holder to view the activity journal of the other subscription users.
  • The option for the subscription holder to change a supervised user’s password.
  • The option for the subscription holder to delete a supervised user’s account or to remove an invited user from the subscription.

Complete Statistics

  • An overview of results that can be accessed from the Achievements panel with a single click.
  • The attendance calendar shows a user’s diligence over the past 12 months.
  • Reports on the accuracy and speed of every finger.
  • The option to view video replay for every completed activity.
  • The choice between two units of measure for speed: words per minute or characters per minute.
  • Options to display the accuracy percentage, the number of mistakes and the speed in real time to the right of the typing area.
  • Reset options to delete results for all activities or for certain categories of activity: exercises, test, texts, games or partially completed activities.

Clear and Intuitive Interface

  • A modern and intuitive interface that can be mastered in a few minutes.
  • The choice of light or dark mode based on your preferences or your system settings.
  • The choice of 109 avatars from three collections: fun creatures, neutral photos or colorful portraits.
  • The choice of 4 fonts to help users who have trouble distinguishing between characters, such as people with dyslexia.
  • Icons that clearly convey the nature and status of training activities.
  • The option to briefly display typing mistakes.
  • The choice of typing area location: directly in the text or below it.
  • An animation zone under the typing area that encourages users to look at the screen instead of the keyboard when typing.
  • Options to mask the animation zone or to customize it with entertaining animations or a keyboard viewer.
  • The keyboard viewer includes animated hands to guide the fingers when a hesitation is detected during an exercise.
  • Options to display the elapsed time and progress in real time to the right of the typing area.
  • The option to show mistakes in the text with an underscore.
  • A tool to help users choose the keyboard configuration that corresponds to their keyboard.
  • A home screen that suggests activities to undertake.
  • The option to navigate using the keys and not the mouse, thus maintaining the position of the hands.

Easy Online Access

  • Four of the most popular sign-on methods: Google, Facebook, Office 365 and Apple.
  • An online application that can be accessed from a compatible device (PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad) that is connected to the Internet. (See System Requirements.)

Strong Security Measures

  • A privacy policy and practices that meet the highest standards regarding the security of personal information. (See Privacy Policy).
  • Secure methods for password sharing, setup and reset.
  • A strength indicator that shows the strength of the password chosen.
  • The option to log out of Typing Pal and Google or Office 365 at the same time to avoid leaving a session open.
  • Use of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol to set up an encrypted connection that ensures privacy and the protection of transferred data.
  • Data storage on firewall-protected servers located in a secure environment to prevent unauthorized access.

Rich and Varied Documentation

  • A clear online user guide to answer any questions users might have.
  • An FAQ section to answer the most commonly asked questions.
  • A blog that regularly posts tips and news relating to Typing Pal, as well as interesting articles relating to typing.
  • A detailed article explaining the correct typing method..
  • An article explaining the importance of accuracy, and why it is given precedence over speed in our typing training program.
  • An article to help guide the choice of a target speed.