UltraKey 6 for Professionals

Created and published by Bytes of Learning

Ranked #1 by industry. Voted "Best Software" by customers. UltraKey is effective with students from 8 to 99! Designed for Windows and Mac OS X. 5+ station licenses include UltraKey 6 Data Server for Windows. Cloud service available separately. New home use subscriptions available!

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UltraKey Introduction for Windows    UltraKey Introduction for Macintosh


To teach touch-typing, instructors need software that is effective with students, genuinely motivates them, lets teachers direct the instruction, reports results, and -- above all -- works reliably!

Many children name UltraKey as their favorite game.

UltraKey is the child's choice...

• Sets a personal typing goal and proceeds at the user's pace.
• Additional options to suit age and learning needs (parent help suggested).
• Provides effective instruction using voice, graphic animation, and video.
• Provides remedial help when problems are identified.
• Praises the child as typing improves and congratulates when goals are achieved.
• Genuinely helps children learn, so they can proudly show their parents.

Grade 3 classroom using UltraKey

UltraKey is the teacher's choice...

• Clear, effective instruction in all aspects of touch-typing.
• Complete record keeping system with detailed reporting.
• Set preferences and import practice content to suit class and individual needs.
• Students can log in from home as though they are still at school (cloud service required).
• Free phone, web and email support from the people who create UltraKey. Home users are supported too!

A Davis School District teacher smiles about her children's amazing success.

UltraKey is the district's choice...

• Effective in any grade, with any learning needs.
• Reliable record keeping system manages thousands of users. Host your own data or use the UltraKey Cloud.
• The district handles administration while teachers control the instruction.
• Range of permanent and subscription licensing options available.
• Software is engineered for easy deployment and low maintenance.

Adults enjoy UltraKey just as much as children do.

UltraKey is the adult training choice...

• As friendly and appropriate for adults as it is for children.
• Import occupation-related content for practice and testing.
• Administer up to 5-minute typing tests.
• Generate certifiable reports based on international typing assessment standards.

UltraKey is engineered for all Mac OS X and Windows computers.

Localized for North America, UK, and Australia-New Zealand.

Permanent and subscription licensing are available.

Common questions...

  • How does UltraKey compare with other products?

    Efficient: The curriculum is clear and straightforward and students move forward at an amazing pace. Not a moment of precious class or personal time is wasted.

    Adaptable: UltraKey adapts to the individual, adjusts to suit teaching styles, conforms to class needs, and customizes to complement the curriculum. UltraKey also has the unique capability of performing official typing tests using professional content you import.

    Powerful: The UltraKey learning management system provides the ultimate in reporting, student tracking and custom control. You are completely in charge and you have the ongoing performance information you need to make informed decisions for your students.

    Reliable: UltraKey works day in and day out but when you need help, the same people who make the software are there to provide it.

    Rewarding: Students love UltraKey because it challenges them, proceeds at their personal pace, and ultimately makes them winners!

    Unique: UltraKey is cloud enabled, thanks to the research and development conducted right here at Bytes of Learning. Wherever UltraKey is installed, it can communicate with its cloud-based records, whether hosted by the school or enterprise, or hosted by Bytes of Learning. Records can also be housed inside the class or enterprise.

  • What does cloud enabled mean?

    Being cloud enabled refers to the UltraKey client's ability to communicate with an UltraKey record server, whether the records are hosted within the site, or they are located on the Internet.

    UltraKey desktop software is cloud enabled because it communicates with the cloud, whether it is on a local server, on a district server, or on the Bytes of Learning cloud.

    Every multi-station UltraKey license, 5 stations or more, includes the UltraKey Data Server software, which can be installed on any PC computer or Windows-based server. The UltraKey Data Server software is small but mighty, easily managing records for over ten thousand users at a time. Alternatively, UltraKey license owner can subscribe for UltraKey Cloud service at a modest cost.

    Even when the server software is housed within a school, district or enterprise, communication can be securely enabled. Students who have home copies of UltraKey, can seamlessly log into their school-based record as if they are still at school. No browser is needed because the communication is conducted by the UltraKey program.

    This unique UltraKey capability means that teachers and student can benefit from UltraKey instruction no matter where they are. The two common scenarios are shown below.

    Cloud scenario 1 shows how a server housed within the district can communicate with school and home installations of UltraKey.

    Cloud scenario 2 shows shows how the UltraKey Cloud enables communication with school and home installations of UltraKey.

  • What ages is UltraKey suited for?

    UltraKey is rated and proven effective with users age 8 to adult. In practice, the program is used as young as age 6.

    UltraKey spans a broad range of ages for these reasons...

    • All instruction is voice-supported.
    • All skills are demonstrated using clear graphical animation.
    • Different interfaces are offered for age and preference.
    • The program is entirely self-paced.
    • Challenge levels and practice weight are individualized.
    • Numerous options can be set at the class and individual level.
    • Practice content is easily customized and assigned.

    To see UltraKey in action with younger users, view the Davis School District Annual Keyboard Challenge, and the video Using UltraKey with Young Children.

    We are happy to discuss your specific situation. Please contact us.

  • Is UltraKey suitable for mature users?

    UltraKey is effective for all ages because it has no childish elements, adapts to whatever ability the user has, and proceeds at the user's personal pace.

    UltraKey begins by providing a challenge level assessment that determines how proficiently the user types now. UltraKey then sets a goal for the user that can be adjusted for more or less difficulty.

    The UltraKey instruction is designed to meet the individual challenge level by instructing the user in correct technique and systematically building the user's performance. Even when the person has good typing skills to begin with, UltraKey is effective at helping the user reach new levels of proficiency.

    UltraKey is never condescending and it supports every mature user from low-functioning to high.

    For all the above reasons, UltraKey is a popular choice for adult instruction in colleges, correction services, libraries, community centers and other facilities where younger and older adults are served.

  • Can UltraKey be used without Internet connections, such as prisons?

    UltraKey was recently adopted by the Minnesota State Department of Corrections because UltraKey meets the very different needs of the corrections instructional environment. UltraKey is approved by the Federal Department of Corrections, and it is in use in many special education facilities.

    See Why UltraKey Belongs Behind Bars!

  • How can UltraKey meet the whole district's needs?

    UltraKey has a powerful record management system that lets you centralize your data management while providing instructional control of UltraKey to the schools, teachers and students. The UltraKey system generates school-wide, class-wide and individual reports so auditors, administrators, teachers and parents are fully informed about the curriculum presented and the performance achieved.

    The latest generation of UltraKey offers 12 interface themes designed to appeal to a wide range of user ages and needs. The adaptive and user-paced nature of the program mean that UltraKey can provide core instruction for any student in the system from grade two through twelve.

    Numerous options allow teachers to easily adapt UltraKey to their own teaching styles and the ages of their students.

    UltraKey includes many supports and adaptations for special needs students too -- all assignable at the individual level.

    When UltraKey is used at home, they log into their school or district record the same way they do when they are at school and the experience is just as seamless.

    See:

    UltraKey Cloud for Record Keeping

    Home Use Subscriptions for UltraKey

    School and Home Subscriptions for UltraKey

  • Can students use UltraKey at home?

    Yes! And we make it easy for you to encourage home use.

    Many UltraKey schools offer the Take It Home Bonus program so families can get UltraKey for the lowest possible price. The school raises precious technology money at the same time.

    Other schools join up for the free School Link program so community members can purchase UltraKey at 40% off.

    Now, schools and districts that own permanent licenses for UltraKey can purchase home subscription licensing for only 99 cents per user per year. For details, see Home Use Subscriptions for UltraKey.

  • How much maintenance does UltraKey need?

    Faced with cutbacks in central office funding, many IT departments know they can only afford to support one typing tutor. UltraKey is engineered for efficient central deployment and it has optional cloud-based record keeping.

    Proven over three decades of use, UltraKey has a longstanding record for reliability. As important, Bytes of Learning provides immediate response whenever troubles arise.

    Whether the district hosts its own data or opts for the UltraKey Cloud, the proven data management in UltraKey ensures teachers and students are never locked out. Permission problems are a thing of the past and so are security issues.

    Bytes of Learning performs its own product research and development with schools specifically in mind. So the software works by design! When problems do arise, the software is excellent at reporting them on the spot.

    The UltraKey data server software and every copy of the client keeps operation logs that detail issues the software is encountering. The logs provide critical information that dramatically shortens trouble-shooting time when needed.

  • What computers and networks does UltraKey 6 work on?

    Schools use a wide range of computers and networks so UltraKey 6 is carefully engineered for operation in the broadest possible range of environments.

    The UltraKey 6 client or program is engineered for...

    • Mac OS X computers 10.6 to current.
    • Windows computers Vista, Windows 7 through Windows 10.
    Netbooks - automatically adapts to screen size.
    • Standard app servers - Novell, Windows, Mac OS X.
    • Terminal servers - NComputing, Microsoft Multipoint, Citrix, others.

    The UltraKey 6 Data Server Software is engineered for...

    • All Windows PCs or servers

    All Mac? Don't have a server? Don't have support? See UltraKey Cloud for Record Keeping.

    Looking for online applications? See UltraKey Online

  • What licenses are available and how much do they cost?

    Our license options are as flexible and adaptable as UltraKey itself!

    The latest licensing options include home use subscriptions to supplement permanent school licenses, and home and school subscription licensing.

    To get the perfect fit for your needs and budget, please request a quote.

    Popular licenses can be purchased immediately at our web store. Our web store operates in CAD for Canadians and USD for all other visitors.

    Orders can be placed offline in major currencies using the following price lists:

    Canada (CAD)

    USA (USD)

    UK (GBP)

    Europe (EUR)

    Australia (AUD)

    New Zealand (NZD)

  • How can we evaluate UltraKey?

    Satisfaction Guaranteed!

    For teachers, trainers and other educational professionals - Before you buy, we invite you to request a free 30-day trial of UltraKey.

    This fully-enabled trial license will allow you to use UltraKey as if you already own it. Your UltraKey trial comes with our full technical support. When you purchase, just enter your license key and carry on with all your records and settings intact!

    New! Cloud-based data management is available with your trial. Cloud is ideal for classrooms where technical options are limited, and for situations where you want home use of UltraKey with cloud-based record keeping. Please let us know if you would like to try the Cloud.

    All this is free of charge and risk-free. No charges are incurred or invoices issued until you actually purchase.

    Select the English keyboard and practice content you require, and complete our trial request form. Within one business day, we will review your request and send your free trial license and download instructions.

  • How do I buy UltraKey?

    You can buy UltraKey at our web store right now.

    Looking for a custom license? Just contact us and we will set a special order just for you!

    We accept purchase orders from schools and school districts by email, fax and phone. See our contact details.

    We accept credit cards over the phone. Call 1-800-465-6428 (International ++905-947-4646).

    UltraKey is available at all leading school software resellers.

  • Why should I upgrade to UltraKey 6?

    Join the UltraKey 6 generation!

    Some previous generations of UltraKey are still working effectively in many schools and enterprises, so it's reasonable to wonder why you should upgrade.

    We began planning the UltraKey 6 generation in 2008 and started the work in earnest in 2009. We released the first school and enterprise edition in 2012 and we have not stopped developing since then. In the years of new work, we have added a lot of value that meets the eye, and as much that does not meet the eye

    The most important reason you should upgrade to UltraKey 6 is that you can enjoy all the new enhancements as they are now plus enhancements that will be implemented throughout the life of UltraKey 6, free of charge! No other software company today provides that benefit.

    Having said this, exactly how is UltraKey 6 different from UltraKey 5 and previous generations? Keep reading.

     

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