The AOTA 2015 Convention Appy Hour presentation, “What’s the Write App?” on April 18 went well with many participants joining Brittany Hand, MOT and myself during our app review session.
The session focused on 5 favorite writing apps, from pre-handwriting, handwriting and written composition apps used by OT’s working in a school setting. As we presented these favorite apps related to writing, we used a spinner app (Decide Now!) for the drawings of free stuff – apps and ergonomic styluses, from generous developers and vendors ! It was fun presenting the apps and also providing free stuff to participants. No one refused the app promo codes or free styluses with values ranging from 2.99 to 19.99 ! My gratitude to the following generous suppliers in providing freebies and an element of fun during the presentation:
The Pencil Grip Ergo Stylus ( approx. $18.00 ea.) – 12 weighted styluses with The Grip were given. The Grip Stylus provides accurate drawing and writing with grip support and proprioceptive feedback due to it’s weight. Good for kids and adults. This is one of my favorite styluses.
Abilipad app (worth 19.99) – 12 codes for free download of this adaptive keyboard and writing process app was provided to participants. This is a great customizable app for writers. It also provides word prediction, supports application of images in keyboard and writing environments and much more. Great for any OT’s tool kit!
ClaroPDF app – (3.99) – 6 promo codes were given away for this PDF form filling app that also provides text to speech capabilities. A great app for students with LD and dysgraphia!
Keeble app – (14.99) – Assistive ware provided a code for Keeble, a wonderful, universal design iOS 3rd party keyboard. This app smacking keyboard allows word prediction, text to speech, scanning and choices of keyboard layouts. This keyboard can be used with other iOS apps when installed and selected . A great universal design app to support struggling writers in the classroom. Another great addition to your mobile device toolkit if working with students and writing tasks.
Handwriting without Tears – provided codes for 3 subscriptions (24.95 each value) to Digital Teaching Tools! Online resources for creating worksheets and letter formation is provided in the subscription for ease of creating materials for students.
A big thanks to the developers and vendors who provided free stuff to participants! Also thank you to the participants for joining Brittany and myself during our Appy Hour debut!
Don’t you wish you were there ? It was a great time – yes, and free is always fun!! Here is a link to the handout we supplied with resources on the apps, app feature matches of handwriting, worksheet/form filling apps and 3rd party keyboard apps: What’s the Write App? .
My gratitude to the above developers and vendors for their generosity with apps and styluses and providing a bit of fun during the presentation.
OT’s with Apps