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4 Types of Typing Games That Can Help Your Kid Learn Keyboarding Skills

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When my son was young, he had a learning disability called dysgraphia—a problem that affects handwriting. Students who have dysgraphia can have problems in school. Fortunately, my son learned to type like the wind. Even now he touch-types so fast his fingers are a blur on the keyboard. Fast, accurate typing helped him succeed in school. And video games helped him get good at it.

Typing is all about practice. And one thing video games excel at is keeping kids engaged in a task long enough to practice. As one of my favorite studies says, “Game designers are wizards of engagement. They have mastered the art of [getting people to] …persevere in the face of multiple failures, and celebrate the rare moments of triumph after successfully completing challenging tasks.”

Here are a few games—some are free downloads and some are online PC games—that can help get kids engaged in practicing their typing skills. Read More

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5 Ways Parents Can Connect with Tweens Through Video Games

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When my kids were tweens (9 to 12 or so), I noticed they didn’t like me quite so much anymore. Or at least they didn’t want to be by my side night and day. They took the first steps toward making their own lives—and their gaming was part of that. My son played turn-based roleplaying games. There he’d be in the basement for hours on end, consulting strategy guides and working his way through complicated Japanese titles like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. My daughter played cute animal games with her friends.

I didn’t understand video games then. My parental repertoire around gaming consisted of limiting screen time and supplying sustenance.

Parents of tweens: Don’t do what I did. Read More