Know what I love? When I find a nice simple Web2.0 application that fills a direct classroom need, and could even replace software that my district spends its limited dollars on. Know what I mean?
Take Keybr.com for example. When you go to the site, it displays a keyboard with the words “Pause: Click to Continue” overlayed on it. Click there and it starts showing text for you to type. Click-clack away, when you get to the end of a line, it’ll bring up new text. It shows your speed and accuracy (and provides a chart comparing the two), and when you’re ready you can move on to other lessons which feature other keys.
There’s no directions. But really, you don’t need any. There’s no login, but do you really need to save your results? There’s no place for you to register, no flashy certificates, what you see is what you get: a place to practice keyboarding.
Right now there are only three lessons available, but I would imagine more will come as the site matures. I just hope it maintains its simplicity. A perfect site to send students to as they finish their work or just want to hone their skills. No email address required.
Have fun and feel free to post your records!