QwertyTown is a web-based keyboarding app that teaches typing and online communication skills. QwertyTown is compatible with both Clever and Classlink single sign on platforms. Students are driven to succeed by QwertyTown’s games, rewards, social motivation, powerful teacher reports, and a deep understanding of how keyboarding skills improve their lives in and out of school.
QwertyTown was created by Second Nature Learning. Founded by award-winning educators, Second Nature Learning’s mission is simple: to help students achieve literacy in the modern, digital world.
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.
Students that regularly use QwertyTown are more proficient and successful in the digital learning environment.
Whether they are winning a Head 2 Head typing match against classmates or earning medals completing lessons, QwertyTown students earn QwertyCoins as they learn. Those QwertyCoins can be spent in our Avatar Store. Students can even unlock communication tools so they can share their successes with their friends.
QwertyTown equips teachers, administrators, and parents with tools that make it easy to monitor and manage each student’s overall experience. Parents and teachers can customize performance benchmarks in lessons and level challenges.
QwertyTown delivers detailed data about users’ performance in a fast and easy format. Peruse class progress from your dashboard or download a spreadsheet to collect data.
QwertyTown offers a simple way to manage student logins that securely syncs student rosters from school districts’ student information systems (SIS) to QwertyTown.
School districts rest easy knowing that their student rosters are updated automatically in a secure environment. Imagine never worrying about adding new students or shuffling transferred students mid-year! Not only that, but Clever is completely FERPA-compliant. It works with every major SIS.
QwertyTown uses Clever to auto-integrate with most student information systems, so setup is a breeze. Clever also offers Google SSO, Chromebook auto login, badges, and more.JOIN CLEVER NOW
QwertyTown is priced on a sliding scale to offer optimum savings for all of our school districts. Contact Second Nature Learning and speak with a Salesperson about finding the best price for your students and/or home user.
The rise of computer-based testing for grades 3-8 has been rapid and transformative. The majority of state-mandated standardized tests are now administered digitally. In fact, according to a 2016 study...Read More
The rise of computer-based testing for grades 3-8 has been rapid and transformative. The majority of state-mandated standardized tests are now administered digitally. In fact, according to a 2016 study by EdTech Strategies LLC, in 2016 “…only 15 percent of the over 800 tests being offered to grade 3-8 students [were] available in a paper-and-pencil format.” (EdTech Strategies, Pencils Down: The Shift to Online & Computer-Based Testing)
Keyboard fluency has a dramatic effect on students’ ability to show what they know on standarized tests. When students know how to naviagate a keyboard, they can focus on crafting strong responses. Now that many students are typing responses to short-answer and extended-responses test questions, many schools are feeling a renewed urgency to adopt a keyboarding program.
Keyboard fluency has long been a component in the Common Core State Standards. According to Literacy W.4.6, fourth graders must “demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.” Fifth graders should be able to type a minimum of two full pages in one sitting.” However, because keyboarding skills were not previously assessed by states, many school districts were slow to address keyboard fluency as part of their balanced literacy instruction.
That’s where we come in! QwertyTown is the perfect program to help your students develop the keyboarding fluency they need to be at their best come exam time. Our curriculum was designed by classroom teachers and literacy specialists. The avatar store and QwertyCoins economy support replayability and a desire to continually improve. Head2Head and the Friends List allow students to apply their burgeoning keyboard skills in authentic ways. QwertyTown was designed to make keyboarding instruction powerful, engaging, and efficient so that your students can spend less time hunting and pecking and more time focusing on doing their very best writing.
Graduate student and elementary school teacher Lauren Williamson conducted a study on the effectiveness of QwertyTown in her white paper entitled Typing: The Future of Our Education SystemRead More
District Administration, a leading publication for school administrators, has highlighted QwertyTown in its article”Keyboarding in Today’s Classrooms.” Check out the article, which includes quotes from our Co-Founder and CEO, Paul...Read More
District Administration, a leading publication for school administrators, has highlighted QwertyTown in its article”Keyboarding in Today’s Classrooms.” Check out the article, which includes quotes from our Co-Founder and CEO, Paul Garofano.