Some of the first apps I explored with students included apps that support handwriting. It has been a high interest for a while to provided a visual, video model of letter formation for individuals with ASD. Allowing students with Autism among others a method of visually seeing and reviewing the sequence of letter formation would support their learning style in the acquistion of mechanical writing.
Here are my favorite apps that support letter formation development and that are popular with therapists, teachers and students:
Focused on phonetic awareness, letter formation, letter and word recognition, iWrite Words app has a beautiful interface, is interactive and provide explicit instruction on the sequence of letter formation. Numbers guide the student in the correct motor sequence to form the letter. When the letter is completely written it generates a floating letter that isto be flung away at the bottom of the screen before another letter to be worked on is generated. Very interactive!
iWrite Words is a favorite of staff for its instructional qualities, but more importantly a favorite of students.
Alphabet Tracing is a free app that also supports letter and number formation using a moving train moving in the direction of correct letter or number production.
Early childhood as well as kindergarten students were motivated to create letters using Alphabet Tracing app on an iPad. The visual sequence provided, along with its interactive – hands on practice helped students recall the appropriate sequence to form a letter. Providing them auditory cues to the sequence further reinforced appropriate skill development.
Another favorite, ABC Pocket Phonics provides phonics development, letter formation and word games. It is interactive and motivates students who are learning early literacy skills.
Both ABC PocketPhonics and iWriteWords are available in lite versions meaning they are free, partial versions of the software allowing trial to determine if they provide the type of intervention needed.
Do you have any favorite handwriting apps? Please share!