Check out the New EduTyping!

July 18th, 2018 Mike Gecawich

Don’t you love the clean slate that comes with a new school year?

So do we! Which is why we’ve been working hard to get the NEW EduTyping student and teacher portals up and running with plenty of time before classes are back in session. And today we are officially LIVE! To see the new features for yourself, click below for access:

Our team has been working around the clock for the past few months to make some major changes to the EduTyping platform. Read on below to see some of the great new features that have been added to the student portal.

Also, behind the scenes, there have also been a lot of changes made to the platform, which will enable us to release new features much more quickly. We have a lot more great features for both teachers and students in store, so get ready!

Below you’ll find quick descriptions of some of the biggest changes and additions.

Avatars that Level Up + Corresponding Skins

Now, as students choose the skin to personalize the look and feel of their EduTyping lessons, they will now have matching keyboard hands below lessons and avatar characters that represent them.

With each lesson they complete, their avatars will level up and evolve – providing a powerful motivator for students to keep typing.

As EduTyping continues to feel more and more like a game, your students will be eager to log more and more practice time (even without your cheerleading).

Introductory Videos

Fun, new animated videos have now been added at the start of lessons to help teach students the basics of proper posture at the keyboard, why typing is a such a valuable skill, and more…

New Achievements to Unlock

Just like in a game, students will unlock achievements for typing speed, accuracy, characters typed and more throughout their lessons. The more they type the more achievements they will unlock!

Dictation and Auditory Software

We’re excited to launch new dictation and auditory software that will allow visually impaired students to use EduTyping as well.

With these technology accommodations available, we hope that even more students will be able to benefit from our touch typing curriculum.

New Lesson Screens

You’ll now find three different screens for lessons designed to reinforce repetition and to visually remind students of where keys are located on the keyboard when learning new keys.

Google Single Sign-on

Given the often limited amount of time that students have to practice typing, every second matters.

We’re making some changes to signing on to EduTyping to streamline the process and maximize the amount of practice time students can spend at the keyboard.

Accessing the Demo

Ready to check out these new features for yourself?

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18 responses to “Check out the New EduTyping!”

  1. Gina Moore says:

    Awesome! I am so excited for this release and excited to implement it in my classes next year!

  2. Samay Kashyap says:

    These New features are great! But why in nitro type did you not announce season 14?My username is samay12345.

  3. Michael Reed says:

    I think it would be really helpful for the teachers to have a QR Code login option available for students. Teachers would be able to print out a QR code that will translate to the computer with that student’s login information. So instead of a teacher having to log in 20 students at the same time, all they would have to do is have the students show the QR code in front of a camera to login. This will save time logging in students, making more time to master typing.

  4. SueS says:

    Let us know if if the features are in both Jr. and Secondary. Will the names of the main menu sections in the Secondary version change (Foundation Units, Timed Tests, Practice Library, Making Headlines, etc.)? It would be nice if the Curriculum overviews, when logged in as a teacher, include the main menu section headings that students see when they log in.

  5. Ruth says:

    I really like the new look. It encourages students to use their home keys more than the old one. I had students playing it like a video game by placing their single finger on the letter they were learning and just trying to get a higher score. Plus, I like the fact they HAVE to do the lessons. The gamification will help tremendously with those students who are motivated by that.

  6. Geraldine Wise says:

    When will the new version become available? My classes start on 08/20/2018. Will it be available by then?

    • Mike Gecawich says:

      Hi Geraldine, yes the new version will be launching this week, to give you plenty of time to explore the new platform before classes start.

  7. L. Sobul says:

    I am really impressed with the intro videos for each lesson. While the learning-to-use-the-mouse lesson is very well planned, we don’t use the mouse in our lab…it’s all track pad all the way!

  8. Brenda says:

    I have a large computer class with 3 different grades. I would love to be able.to let each student have their own account. Is there any way we can do that without it costing a fortune?

  9. Tami says:

    I may be overlooking them but are the numeric keyboard lessons still in the new version?

  10. Stephanie Rudloff says:

    Regarding logins and setting up classes. I have 7 classes to teach each semester. In the past I would make their username like period1-1, period2-1, etc. How can I distinguish which class they are in if I allow them to log in with their Google Accounts?

    • Christina Matherly says:

      Hi Stephanie, thank you for your question. I would suggest to place each student account in a separate class on your teacher account and to not use “username” as the reference. For example, you can create classes ie: period 1, period 2 and so on and then move the students to the corresponding classes.

      Also, if the students are not joined to the class yet, have them self-join with the join code for their specific class. All join codes are located on the Add Students page under the Student Self Join section. Hope that helps! Let us know if you need further clarification.

  11. Kelly says:

    I cannot find the Learning to Type lesson. They answer keys are there….

  12. Roxanna Lombard says:

    Sometimes the letters disappear (they slide over) before my students can type them. Is anyone else having this problem? Maybe I’m doing something wrong. I can’t get it to do it when I practice as a student, but I’m watching my students, and they have to randomly guess at letters to catch up to the one that is showing.

    • Christina Matherly says:

      Hi Roxanna, so sorry to hear that! If you could please contact support from within your Teacher’s portal and let us know your account number and which lesson(s) you found this issue on we our team will look into the issue right away.

  13. Terry says:

    How can I pause the lesson in the status field in the new edutyping? It was easy in the classic one. Having a hard time finding it in the new.

    • Patricia H. says:

      In the teacher preferences, there is an option for “Hide the Pause Button on Typing Screen.” If a teacher disables the preference, it will allow the student to pause–good for fire drills, getting called to the office, etc.! I have attached the teacher portal preference option and also the location of the Pause option in the student portal.
      You can view where to find these pause buttons in the screenshots below:
      https://screencast.com/t/zL5NhLQXm45
      https://screencast.com/t/HJ0ycsb5B5

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