Typing Rocket is a keyboard typing practice game made by abcya.com. In the original version of the game, the player has 60 seconds to blast as many rockets as they can without making mistakes. They do this by typing the letter that corresponds with that found on the body of the rocket. As the time progresses, the rockets move faster and are more frequent in number, causing the player to speed up their typing. At the end of the 60 seconds, their score is displayed along with the total number of errors.
For players who are just beginning to type, Typing Rocket Jr. takes the same concept but gives the player three minutes to complete the game. The rockets also move much slower and do not appear in multiples very often. The score and the number of errors are still displayed at the end of the game.
Typing Rocket and Typing Rocket Jr. are free to play online.
When learning to type on a keyboard, students need to be able to remember the position of the keys while they formulate thoughts in their head and watch the text appear on the screen. In the games Typing Rocket and Typing Rocket Jr. the player is able to strengthen their working memory by practicing their typing skills while paying attention to the rockets on the screen. Players can look down at the keyboard, but as the game progresses, the rockets move a little faster and increase in number, which could lead to more errors if the player cannot type and look at the screen at the same time. For students who struggle with Working Memory, try starting with Typing Rocket Jr. until they feel more confident with the letter placement on the keyboard.
Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Because the rockets in the game are constantly moving, players need to stay focused on typing the letters written on them as quickly and accurately as possible. If they lose focus, they might mistype or rockets might scroll by while they are searching for a letter on the keyboard. Players who struggle with focus should start with Typing Rocket Jr. where the letter rockets are slower and fewer in number. Whether the player is using Typing Rocket or Typing Rocket Jr., the time limit is short, allowing for them to practice their focus skills in short bursts.
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