All of our keyboarding programs allow instructors to create their own content and assign it to classes or to individual students. Teachers with students who are struggling with lesson vocabulary can take advantage of this feature to add custom content that is appropriate to the student's learning level.
Teachers can create as many grading profiles/standards as they would like. Profiles can be applied to classes as a whole or to individual students. Teachers can adjust the minimum Words per Minute (Keystrokes per Hour in Ten Key Mastery), as well as the number of errors that are allowed (accuracy rating in Ten Key Mastery). There are several other options than can also be adjusted, such as the grading scale, section weights, and enabling/disabling options that prevent hunting and pecking. Teachers can have a variety of grading profiles for their classes so that each student can progress at their own speed and at his or her own level.
Keyboarding Online programs do not require Java or Flash, or any other 3rd party plugin. This allows the program to work seemlessly on any device without any complications or prerequiste configuration. Students may learn better using one device over another, and allowing the students to use any device they are accustomed to can improve their learning environment.
We designed all our programs to be simple when it comes to navigation, and for each of our online programs to have a similar look and feel. We wanted our programs to be easy enough that a first grader can log in and start working where they left off without difficulty or prompts from the instructor. We embraced the larger buttons and icons on a splash screen to give students a simple menu to choose from, as well as checkboxes and stars to show a student his or her progress. Even the reports are very straight forward, yet packed with information that can be viewed by clicking on the individual scores.
All of our keyboarding programs allow the student to adjust the font larger or smaller. Students can increase the font up to 40 pixels, which can make the text that needs to be typed easier to read. Ten Key Mastery also has the added benefit of changing the font and highlighter colors to assist students in seeing what they need to type.
Keyboarding Online programs work in all web browsers natively. Working with the browser allows screen readers to be utilized to assist visually impaired students. No images are used to mask text, so everything the student needs to type should be accessible by screen readers.
Dictation mode is a specific setting that can be enabled by the instructor. It hides the text needed to be typed and forces the student to listen to the instructor to hear the text that they should type. This allows students to practice dictation. It also allows teachers to hide the on-screen text and force students to use a textbook if that mode of text delivery is desired.
We have many other features in all our programs that can help the instructors work with any student. If instructors ever have questions about the program and various features, we can be contacted by phone, email, or support ticket. We also offer free product training around an instructors schedule to demonstrate the various features and capabilities of the program. If instructors would like, we can send out physical desk copies of the text so that it can be copied for a student or read aloud if they are having trouble viewing the text on the screen.
One of the features we are most proud of is that it is all 100% developed in-house. That means that we update the program constantly, adding new features all the time, and resolving any issues as they arise. We listen to instructors for feedback on the features they want to see most. When features are developed, students and teachers can usually expect to see the changes in as little as a day or two. When it comes to helping students and accessibility, we are all ears and would love to know what features you are most interested in.