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The BBC Dance Mat Typing Stage 11 is one of the twelve stages in these four level games. Typing games are mainly designed to inculcate the essential basic typing skills in the user and build a foundation to learn more advanced skills on the same. The computer age is here and will probably be for many centuries to come if not forever and so learning how to type is no longer a matter of choice but a necessity. Due to this, it is essential to find the best and most efficient mode to acquire these skills.


When it comes to effectiveness nothing beats the typing games designed by BBC. These games are available online and have received recommendations from all the major players starting with the government to academic experts. Stage 11 is just a part of the comprehensive game and just like all the other ten stages before it and step 12 that will follow; it introduces two new keys to the user while also reviewing what has already been taught from the beginning. Because by the time kids are at 11 they have gone through ten others, it is only fair to expect to cover much more here, but the primary aim is still to introduce the two new keys.

What Stage 11 Entails


Dance Mat Typing Stage 11 focuses on / (the forward slash) and . (full stop). The two key are widely used when typing, and so they are as important as the other alphabets covered in the previous stages and so it is crucial for children to learn how to use them. However, before getting into this, the stage starts with a review of what the user has learned from the previous ten stages. Since a lot has been covered the review exercises will take much longer than in the previous phases. But it is a good idea not to skip them as they are a crucial part of the learning process.


After the review, the two new keys are introduced with the first thing being to help the user locate them on the keyboard. Once they can find the keys the next step just like in all the previous phases of these programs is to show the user how to place their fingers and how to hit keys. At this stage, it should be obvious to the learner that the hands should always be put in the home row. Once the fingers are settled on the home row of the keyboard with each in its rightful place, it becomes easier to learn how to push these two new keys. The full stop should be pushed with the ring finger on the left hand since it comes before the slash. On the other hand, the slash should be hit with the right pinky finger. Once you grasp how to hit the two keys, you are ready to move to the last stage of the games. However, you should first do some exercises for better understanding.

The Importance of Learning Stage 11


  • Punctuation is also part of typing and without understanding how to hit the basic keys necessary and how to locate them, you cannot become a proficient typist. Touch typing is also not possible without the punctuation keys, and so Stage 11 should not be ignored.
  • Other than just teaching how to work with these two important punctuation marks, there are also many review exercises that touch on everything that the kids learn from level one to three.
  • Stage 11 will prepare you for twelve that is the last in these games, and so you will have no other opportunity to learn how to work with a slash and comma if you do not go through this stage.
  • There is much more to learn, and the user is also more conscious with the keyboard. He or she also has a better speed than a beginner, and so this stage will be more fun. The fun aspect of the game is vital as it encourages people to learn especially kids because they like playing.

Is This Stage More Challenging?


Since it is the second last in the game and already much has been covered in the preceding ten, it may look challenging, but this is not necessarily so. The fact that it also only deals with two punctuation marks it may make it look more complicated but it is not. What makes it even easier than most of the previous ones are that the user is more familiar with the keyboard, and so they are also more comfortable. Due to this, everything looks simpler than it was in the earlier phases. However, despite it not being very challenging more exercises are are covered. This is meant to jog the kids’ memory and may make it look harder but it is not. In fact, the practices make it more fun and so the user will probably even go through it faster than all the other previous ones

Why Your Kids Should Learn Typing

Girl Typing on Laptop ca. 2002 Dallas, Texas, USA

  • Dance Mat Typing Stage 11 is part of a bigger puzzle that is meant to impart the valuable typing proficiency, especially on kids. One of the benefits of learning how to type is that it makes your child smarter since they also get to learn ABC and other basics such as spelling.
  • Typing is important for interaction with others especially in social media that have become an integral part of life for most people. If your kid cannot type fast, he or she will have trouble chatting with peers, and this can have an adverse effect on their social life.
  • According to statistics, it is two times easier for people that are 18 years or younger to learn how to touch type and other typing skills. This simply means that if your kids learn how to type at a young age, it will be easier for them to become good at it than when they are older.
  • Typing skills will help them excel more in school and also in their careers as adults. Schools are slowly moving from pen and books to computer based modes of learning, and so if your kids are good typists, they will do well in school.