Thanks to Kathy McNamara who shared this new app by the developers from Project Injini!
Write My Name – Available for the iPad (1.99 – introductory price) is described by Injini as supporting children ages 4 through 6 to learn how to write their name, trace uppercase and lowercase letters in manuscript and write over 100 familiar sight/Dolch words. Injini’s tracing tools support children with how to write letters and words using the correct sequence and strokes without frustration or errors. Focusing on developing motor-muscular memory of writing letters aid children in developing their handwriting skills by playing Write My Name. Here is a video of Write My Name:
Write My Name appears to utilize the Zaner Bloser method of manuscript letter formation. In the Alphabet Book, animated visual directions of the sequence of upper and lower case letter formation is provided for instruction and practice. Visual feedback using an arrow and stars to show the correct starting point, direction and sequence for letter formation is given. When grossly moving off the path of letter formation of both upper and lower case letters, the letter formation is stopped to a visual showing the user where to continue on the correct pathway is given. A letter chart is provided to easily choose practicing upper or lower case letter formation out of alphabetical order.
Good for early letter formation using a sequenced, visual approach with arrows to indicate starting points and direction of the letter formation which research has shown benefits acquisition of letter formation. Basic letter formation is provided without the structure of lines. Word Cards activity provides practice in writing Dolch words as well as a dictionary of basic nouns and prepositions that are alphabetized. In the Word Cards activity, headline and baselines with the words but no midline guides are present.
A unique activity in Write My Name is the My Name Tags, an activity where adults can enter a students name, record the name for students to practice writing their name using the same visual guides provided in the Alphabet Book. The app checks off the letters you have completed but does not provide the opportunity to manage multiple users (with exception of multiple individual names in the My Name Tags activity).
Navigation is easy and intuitive in this app for the instructor and student. No data gathering is provided in the app other than a check off of the letters performed but which can not be collected by users. Instruction is provided visually to the student, no audio instruction is provided.
If your school uses the Zaner Bloser method of handwriting this app has been well thought out and may support your individual students in handwriting instruction.
Check it out to see if it will be another tool for your OT iTool Kit!
I have been using it with my autistic kiddos in OT since it came out. They love it, as do I. I really like the fingerpainting option which allows you to see the actual letter formations made by the student. I also like that you can add up to 36 name tags. I do wish the name tags included data collection for each child. I also wish the Words had a lower case option. Hopefully, these will be addressed in future upgrades. It is definitely worth the cost, and a real steal while on sale!! Thanks Injini!
Sue, Thank you for your experience with Write My Name app. Have you emailed Injini about your suggestions? They may be very happy to get your feedback about the app. They seem to be invested in creating apps that are geared to OT’s needs. I encourage you to contact them by email with your suggestions!
Thank you for visiting and sharing!
Kat from Project Injini here. Wanted to let you know there is a button on the top right of the word cards page that lets you change from uppercase to lowercase letters. Thanks for your suggestions.
You can find information about Write My Name, including a demo video on our website at http://www.injini.net/?page_id=2108
Thanks Injini for your help!
The OT iTool Kit Blogger!
Hi Sue, thank you for your recent purchase and suggestions. I wanted to follow-up and let you know there is a lowercase option button in the word card activity. It’s located in the top right corner of the main word card activity screen.
Team Project Injini
Thanks for making me aware of that option. I really just didn’t see it! I guess I was probably looking for it on the left side, as in the Alphabet section. The ability to use upper and lower case in the Words
makes me love the app even more! You did a great job on this app!
I will take your advice, Carol, and send this off to Injini. I really enjoy your site.
Indeed, “appears to use Zaner-Bloser”, but it’s inconsistent (shows the letters in different proportions in the menu screen and in the app), horribly spaced (like in the word FARM) and sometimes plain wrong: second stroke of capital G for example. I’m sorry, but I’m not impressed with this app, it’s a rip-off from a few existing apps, but not well done. It’s also very sluggish, even on an iPad 2.
Do you have a preferred letter formation app you have found that provides greater consistency with letter formation and spacing? Sounds like you have experience, please share your thoughts of a preferred app for letter formation acquisition!
I appreciate your observation and comment.
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Thanks for the clear info. Karen
You are welcome. Thank you for visiting!
I would like to download this app on my Iphone. I have not been able to find it. Does it work on the iphone?
Currently the Write My Name App is only available for the iPad. You may want to contact the developers – Injini to request it be made available for iPhone/iPod. Many developers like getting feedback about their apps.