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Lucian Dixon, 819 Oakwood Street #11, Jackson, MS 39202 • Ph: 601-214-4751. Order through Full Version $29.95 - Summer Sale $9.95

Review by Linda Foster
Let’s face it, the importance of computers in our lives increases the importance of being able to type. It is no longer reasonable to think that “hunt and peck” typing will suffice in today’s electronic age. When I first learned to type (sometime just after the extinction of dinosaurs), the popular method of learning was to sit in front of a typewriter (no computers available in those days) and practice each letter using the left hand and then each letter using the right hand. Each letter was typed over and over again until the location of the key and the finger used to type it became a habit. There was nothing to look at except the instruction book, the keyboard and the typing paper. Believe me, it was a very dull and painful method of learning but, considering the equipment we had to work with, it was effective. Today we have computers with video capacity and LaserTyping by Pete Dixon uses these modalities to combine basic typing instruction with an interactive video game format.

LaserTyping offers 51 lessons beginning with basic finger placement instruction and single character typing and progressing to typing complete sentences and paragraphs. This program provides several different methods for students to associate the proper finger with the proper key. Instructions for each lesson are presented in stereo format through the use of headphones and are also shown onscreen.

Instructions for the left hand are given through the left headphone and instructions for the right hand are given through the right headphone. At all times during the lessons, a keyboard is shown on the screen and, as each instruction is given verbally, the corresponding action is shown on the screen. Each finger is “color coded” with a set of keys increasing the student’s ability to associate the proper key with the proper finger to be used.

Once a group of key strokes is taught, the lesson changes to a video game format allowing the student to use what he or she has just learned in a more entertaining manner. During the game, instructions to type a particular character are given verbally and are also shown on the screen. If the requested letter isn’t typed after the first verbal request, the letter is then identified verbally and visually by color coding, then by row location, etc. The student is given ample reminders for the location of the character and the game progresses once correct character is typed. Each lesson is more challenging than the previous lesson with the gradual addition of more characters, words, sentences, etc. and, in addition, students are able to select between beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

LaserTyping offers bright and colorful graphics and clear and concise instructions that help keep the student interested in the lessons. Students progress at their own rate and, at the end of each game, the “word per minute” count is shown, allowing the monitoring of individual progress and a challenge to improve both time and accuracy. Learning how to type is essential to the ever-growing use of computers and other electronic products and LaserTyping offers an exciting way to learn this skill. -- L.F.■

Note: This fall LaserTyping will introduce 'modular variable content lessons.'

This means that if you are a football fan, you can learn to type using words such as 'quarterback' or 'touchdown', if a baseball fan 'homerun' or 'third base.'

LaserTyping will also offer a Shakespeare module, a business terms module, a Biblical Quotes module (presently included with standard version) and more!

In fact, LaserTyping will create custom modules for you upon demand. Just call or write us.

No other typing program offers this flexibilty.

Remember, when you learn to type with LaserTyping, you can switch between skill levels or lessons at any time!

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