QwertyTown – Web-based keyboarding app, uses gamification and social learning elements
QwertyTown is a modern keyboarding web app. It provides a safe, teacher-controlled environment where students can communicate with their classmates, teachers, and friends. While becoming fluent with a keyboard, students are learning how to interact in a digital environment. This environment prepares them with a fundamental skill set essential for academic and professional success in the 21st century.
The QwertyTown homepage is their public face. QwertyTown is web based and requires no installation. Updates will simply appear on the site with no inconvenience to users. Any visitor to QwertyTown can explore some of the features in QwertyTown, read about their News & Updates and sign up for a free 30 day trial account.
Your QwertyTown dashboard is your home base. You can edit your avatar, communicate with other users and get a summary of your progress through lessons and level challenges.
Your Progress widget will keep track of where you are in QwertyTown and how well you’re doing in the lessons. QwertyCoins are earned as your typing gets better and faster.
The Lesson Player
The lesson player is where students learn and practice their keyboarding. In each of the lessons students are engaged in a demo and guided practice where they learn correct hand positioning. In the independent practice portion of each lesson they can earn QwertyCoins, which they can spend on upgrading. Successful completion of a Level Challenge unlocks special communication features.
Your profile widget is where you can customize your avatar and update your status for other users to see.
Every student in QwertyTown has an avatar identity. As they succeed in lessons, students earn QwertyCoins with which they can enhance their avatars.
The Chatterbox is the communication hub. As students successfully move through the levels in QwertyTown, they will unlock the ability to see their classmates’ online status, avatars, and profiles, instant message, email and group chat with classmates and teachers.
QwertyTown equips teachers, administrators, and parents with tools that make it easy to monitor users’ communications and overall experience. They have the ability to differentiate instruction by adding, removing, and customizing individual communication features such as instant messaging and emailing.
QwertyTown understands the importance of delivering detailed data about users’ performance in a fast and easy format. Teachers and administrator can access individual or whole class progress reports that indicate how students are performing and how active they are in the QwertyTown lessons.