While I didn’t really enjoy having my kids in online, public school this year, one thing I did appreciate was the part of the 4th grade curriculum was learning to type. By the time PB & J Girl had completed that curriculum, she was typing 14 WPM. I was looking for a new typing program to help her continue developing her skills, so I was happy to review EdAlive. We reviewed both EdAlive’s Typing Tournament Online and Maths Invaders Online.
About Typing Tournament Online
Typing Tournament Online offers intense practice to help users learning to type and improve their typing speed. Typically, you take a typing test (one or three minutes–you decide), and then you do three different practice sets (that are also timed) to work on your skills. The child can view their progress on a map, and they win awards as they progress. The entire program is set up in medieval fashion with a knight guiding the way.
About Maths Invaders Online
Maths Invaders Online offers a variety of maths activities.
Students can practice their math facts, which is what PB & J Girl primarily did. She worked on multiplication during the entire review period.
Students can also set their own assignments, which gives them the opportunity to work on any topics they struggle with.
Finally, students can play Galactic Campaign.
Our Thoughts on Typing Tournament Online
Unfortunately, Typing Tournament Online did not work as I had hoped. PB & J Girl hates timed activities. While I expected that she would have timed typing tests to measure her progress, I didn’t expect that almost every activity would be timed. This stressed her out, and after a few weeks and a few tears, she stopped using the program.
I am already an accomplished typist able to type 70 wpm, but I thought I would try out the program and see if I could increase my own typing speed. When you first start the program, you are given several choices for what typing speed you’d like to reach. I clicked that I’d like to get up to 86 wpm.
What I disliked about the program is that even though I’m quite knowledgeable on typing, the typing instruction segment (which you cannot skip) was the same for my daughter as it was for me. I would love to see the instruction segment for each lesson tailored to the level that each student is at.
Our Thoughts on Maths Invaders Online
PB & J Girl does not like memorizing math facts, but she didn’t mind using this program to practice math. At first, she thought Galactic Campaign was too easy (it starts at a 5 to 6 year old level). However, we later learned that she could skip to her level by hitting skip on the path through the program. The way to get to the level that fits your current skills is not intuitive, though. I spent a lot of time looking in the parent section for ways to get her to the appropriate level in Galactic Campaign.
Overall, PB & J Girl liked this program and used it several times a week.
I think EdAlive is a great program, especially since it offers several different programs. It just wasn’t a good fit for PB & J Girl.
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