Slam Dunk Students' Typing Skills

Top Of The Key: The Slam Dunk Typing Teacher, for ages 8 and up, puts a new spin on typing programs, with an exciting series of fast-paced basketball- themed drills and games. The (Windows/Mac CD) program includes 7 different drills, each with 10 skill levels, totaling 70 separate challenges for beginning to advanced typists.

Behind what appears to be an exciting arcade-style game is a serious, effective and kid-tested typing tutorial. Other features include various game-type drills that engage students to play, and therefore practice, longer than other typing tutorials.

Top Of The Key emphasizes learning the entire keyboard including capitals, numbers and symbols, and features onscreen hands that show correct method and positioning for each new letter or key being introduced. An online coach monitors students' progress and offers tips and advice, and statistics can be accessed at any time for feedback on words-per-minute typed, accuracy, and keys requiring practice. Time Warner Electronic Publishing, New York, NY, (212) 522-4643,

This article originally appeared in the 02/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.