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Zaner-Bloser also has a handwriting app to help young students learn how to write uppercase (capital) and lowercase (small) letters and numbers. Features include:

  • Video animations to show the correct formation of all letters and numbers
  • Unrestricted choice of any letter or number at any time
  • Choice of shaded letters and numbers for tracing or blank guidelines for practice
  • “Hint” button for instructional support
  • Built-in reward to celebrate your young writer’s success and motivate her/him to improve
  • Zaner-Bloser’s manuscript and cursive alphabet and numerals, the most widely used and recognized

But Zaner-Bloser isn’t the only developer of writing apps. Reading Rockets—a national multimedia literacy initiative—has compiled a list of the “Top 9 Writing Apps.”Apps include:

  • Popplet: A productivity app that also works as a mind-mapping tool. Use the app to begin structuring the writing process. The app can also be used to create graphic organizers, classroom visuals, orhanize material according to text structure (list, sequence, compare-contrast, cause-effect), and to practice sentence combining and complex sentence creation by connecting individual “Poppies.” ($4.99)
  • Sentence Builder: An app that helps children learn to build grammatically correct sentences about a given pictures. Special attention is paid to the connector words. ($5.99)

Many more apps are included in the list, including spelling and storytelling.

For more information on writing and technology products, read “Technology a key tool in writing instruction.”

Meris Stansbury

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