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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Time for Another Tech Tuesday!

Once again I am participating in a linky party hosted by Marie from Once Upon a Classroom! Be sure to visit her blog to learn about using technology in the classroom.  Today, I am sharing an app that I love to use with my students to develop their printing skills.  I have mentioned this app before, but I really think it deserves a blog post dedicated to it!



The Ready to Print app progresses through the pre-writing skills in a specific order, so that children can master the visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns. It is designed to teach children the correct patterns for printing, and to avoid bad habits that are difficult to change as the child gets older.   In the latest version, Ready to Print features 194 separate levels in 13 activities. The latest addition is the Touch and Drag activity, which helps students work on movement in one of four specific directions.




I love this app for working on fine motor skills with my little ones as the activities progress according to developmental milestones.  The first level is focused on using a pointer finger, something I usually have to teach my students.   The app then moves into ordered touch then, touching and dragging items, reinforcing the use of a pointer finger.  It then moves onto matching, use the touch and drag skill learned in the previous level.  The next level is tracing straight and curved lines within paths, with visual cues and reinforcing graphics upon completion.  Once that level is completed, students can move onto tracing shapes and drawing lines to connect dots.  The next level works on bringing the thumb and pointer finger together to bring objects together, before moving onto tracing letters and numbers.




Not only do I love the developmental sequence of this app, I also love how motivated my students are to use it!  I currently have two students, who insist on physical prompts to imitate drawing a line or scribbling when we try to teach this using paper and pencil.  They will reach for our hands for the prompt and if we don't prompt them, they will push the materials away.  When I use this app to work on this skill, however, they complete the tasks independently!  It's like magic!  





This app works so well for teaching fine motor skills and grasp, that sometimes we will use the app first to teach the skill and then generalize it to paper and pencil.  As much as possible, we try to use a variety of materials when teaching new skills, but for some students asking them to use paper and pencil just results in excessive behaviours.  I think this video will demonstrate what I am talking about!




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As you can see (or maybe you can't due to the poor quality which I can 't seem to fix :() this little guy was not at all happy with completing the task using paper and pencil.  But, once the iPad came out, he was more than happy to draw several lines!  After teaching the skill using the iPad, we generalized to paper and pencil and he was able to complete an entire worksheet after a month of teaching!  This app is well worth the $9.99 if you ask me!

Have you used this app or a similar one in your classroom?  I'd love to hear about it!  Leave me a comment below!  And be sure to check out the posts linked up at Once Upon A Classroom's blog for more great tips on using technology in the classroom! 





Until next time,






2 comments:

  1. Hi Nicole! This looks like such a fun and engaging way to practice! Thank you so much for linking up.
    Marie
    Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales

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  2. thanks Nicole. I believe I have a couple people in mind for this app. thanks again

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