Seeing my students this year "type" almost made me cry (a bit of exaggeration here):) At the end of my wits in trying to stem the tide of two-finger typing, I turned to www.classroom20.com to ask my colleagues for kid-friendly typing sites and received many great suggestions which I am including below:
www.typingweb.com -- This involved registration so only 2 wanted that one (those two have computers and internet at home).
http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/cjh/appliedtech/Business/Keyboarding/ -- This one was the most traditional and that was effective with those with high literacy skills.
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html -- This was the most popular and though geared to kids, my teenage ELLs loved the site. The moving spelling targets hit a chord with them.
http://learn2type.com -- Only my TA went here. This makes sense since he is off to college next year and needs to improve his typing skills.
Let me also add here that I am beginning to send more assignments via the email addresses I gave them last week. It makes lab time SO MUCH MORE productive:)
Now, I will be looking for more activities to deliver not only English, but typing skills. I realize that the kids feel as though I am tying their hands behind their backs since they can't type as quickly, but I did assure them that in 6 months they will thank me....I hope:)