Any teacher or educator knows that the key to helping kids learn is to make it fun.
The same goes for typing which is why Tux Typing has been designed to make typing as fun as possible for children. TuxTyping stars Tux who is actually the Linux penguin logo. Basically, words fall from the sky and you have to type them to make them disappear before they fall to the ground and end up in Tux's belly!
The main menu asks you to choose a level ranging from Space Cadet to Commander. Within these difficulty levels are different challenges from typing the Alphabet to whole words. Alternatively, you can just choose to practice typing and Tux Typing will give you a phrase and then indicate how you should type it using which fingers in order to become a touch typists. Unfortunately, you can't edit the word lists yet but the developers promise it is coming soon.
The range of languages supported by Tux Typing Tutor is outstanding. The full list of languages includes Armenian, Bokmal, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Euskera, French, Spanish, Greek, Jamaican, Lithuanian, Nepalese, Russian, Swedish, Swahili and even a few more smaller languages you wouldn't expect to find in such a program.
What's great about Tux Typing is that every game is different with different backdrops, sounds and effects so it won't get boring quickly. However, it has to be said that the more difficult challenges and levels on Tux Typing would challenge even experienced touch typists never mind children! Words fall at a very rapid rate on the hardest levels and even I had trouble keeping up.
Tux Typing is a delightful typing tutorial game for kids that will keep them coming back for more and rapidly improve their typing skills.
- This release includes many new word lists and lessons, as well as all-new high-resolution background images and new music files for the "fish" game. Additionally, Tux Typing 1.8.0 includes the first public rlease of the new word list editor from GSoC 2009 - it is now possible to create custom word lists from with Tux Typing itself.