It seems that in our digital world typing is more important to learn than handwriting. For the record I do think that handwriting is important, but with so much of our communication being digital, typing is a life skill that can’t be missed. That is why I was super excited when our family was picked to review UltraKey Online Family Subscription by Bytes of Learning. I had heard wonderful things about this typing program, and I was not disappointed.
What is UltraKey Online Family Subscription?
UltraKey Online Family Subscription is a comprehensive program that will work for the whole family. Each participant (up to 7) has their own desktop with a unique login. There is also a parent portal that provides a view into each participants progress and goals. I personally found this system very user friendly and well organized.
How UltraKey Online Family Subscription Works
This is a year long subscription, so your family will have access for a full twelve months. It does not take this long to go through the series of lessons though, so there is plenty of time to repeat the lessons in order to improve accuracy and speed.
It is extremely important that someone accesses the parent portal to get everyone set up ahead of time. This is relatively easy, but there are some steps that need to be completed.
First each participant will need to be enrolled via the Enrollment button. This is where a parent can set the login information. Each subscription allows for up to seven users to be enrolled.
Next, the goals should be set for each participant. This can be done by clicking on the Student Management button. Then select a user from the list and click the Set Goals button. From there, the preset goals can be kept or customized goals can be selected based upon the individual need. This is also where parents can access the reports or print certificates of completion.
Using the Program
Once each participant has login information and the goals set, he or she is able to begin. There are introductory tutorials that should be viewed prior to getting started. They will help the participant better navigate the lessons.
Each lesson is very easy to navigate. It begins with the lesson and ends with the skill check. As long as the participant scores at or above the desired lesson goal, he or she can move on to the next lesson. Lessons can be practiced more than once before completing a skills check. Although it would be easy to complete numerous lessons in a day, it is recommended to spend 20-30 minutes each day for the best results.
Why an Online Subscription is Better than a Disk or Download
Our favorite part of UltraKey Online Subscription is that it is online. This means that we can literally do school where ever we happen to be, and quite often, we are not home. Our family has access anywhere there is internet available. In fact, as I am writing this post, we happen to be spending the week in clinic. Our kids were able to bring the program with them simply by having the login information. So if you are a family that is on the go as much as we are, I highly recommend this typing program.
Our Personal Thoughts on UltraKey Online Family Subscription
Seth (age 12)
“I think its really a good typing program. I like how on the skills check they use words that you might use in real life. What I also liked about it was that it was slower paced, and they didn’t try to teach you a ton of keys at one time. I also like how it is set up, because everything is really easy to use and get to.”
Zach (age 15)
“Its a nice program to keep your typing skills sharp. Its easy to get into. It can be challenging, but it is fun.”
“I really enjoy this typing program, as it is one subscription and the whole family can use it. The parent portal is a very nice touch, as I can easily see if my kids are doing their work and progressing through the lessons. The goals can be changed over time, so I can start them off easier, and work up from there. I also love that I can print certificates to include in their portfolios.”
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If you find yourself in need of a really good typing program for your family, check out UltraKey Online Family Subscription. It is fun, easy to use, and comes with a parent portal for monitoring and goal setting.