Tips For Choosing Typing Software Word Count: 623 Summary: Learning to type is essential to having a successful career. No matter what your career choice, many companies require that you have typing and computer skills. Even children are required to learn typing and computer keyboarding in school and computers are found in homes, libraries, and schools. When choosing typing software that is designed for kids, look for a program that is fun, interactive, and has lots of audio and graphics. Many typing software programs that are chi... Keywords: internet, online, typing, education, online training, typing software Article Body: Learning to type is essential to having a successful career. No matter what your career choice, many companies require that you have typing and computer skills. Even children are required to learn typing and computer keyboarding in school and computers are found in homes, libraries, and schools. When choosing typing software that is designed for kids, look for a program that is fun, interactive, and has lots of audio and graphics. Many typing software programs that are child-oriented use trademarked cartoon characters as the programs interactive tutor. By creating a fun filled atmosphere children will learn with their typing software without even realizing that the games they are playing are educational. Look for characters that your child likes, there are many programs that use characters that are geared towards boys and other typing software programs that are geared for girls. Browsing the Internet is a great way to see the number of different typing software programs that are available on the market. When you purchase a typing software program be sure that it is a program that has multiple levels of play. This is a great way to ensure that each skill will be targeted and that the program will progress as skills are mastered. Typing software programs should have levels such as beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Look for a typing software program that offers a test at the end of one level, before moving to the next level as well. This will help the user to know where there current skills are and will assist them in reviewing a skill before advancing. When each skill is mastered, and you have taken a test, many typing software programs will offer the option of printing certificates. A certificate is a great way to encourage children to continue striving for excellence and it also offers intrinsic or internal rewards. Look for this option in the typing software program before purchasing and make sure that it is available for each level, and not just for the final test. To find out the best typing software programs to use with either your children or for yourself, try using the programs demo program first. Using the demo program you can really get a feel for the program and see if it offers the type of interactive tutorials, audio, and video graphics that appeal to your needs. If it is geared to your child, this is the best way to see if the typing software program will capture your child’s attention. Simply enough, if your child is bored with the program or doesn’t care for the character, they aren’t going to want to use it. You can find free typing software demos as Shareware programs available for free download on the Internet. You can locate Shareware programs by looking on a major search engine and typing in keywords such as, “typing software program shareware or demo version”. Finally, when you decide on the typing program that you are going to use make sure that you register the program. There are many benefits to registering your program and it is very simple and easy to do. Most times, after you purchase a new program or unlock a Shareware version of your typing program, an automatic script will run and ask you if you would like to register the program online. If you simply take a few minutes to register your new program, you will receive current news from the company. Another benefit to registering your program is that you will receive updates if the company releases a newer version of your software. The updates are free and usually can be downloaded from the company’s website and installed as either an upgrade or an “add on” feature.