App Title: iWrite Words
Grade Level: PreK-1
Purpose: A - teaches students how to draw simple letters. Fits well (not perfect) with our district's Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.
Program Functionality: A - pretty straightforward. Follow the crab to draw the letters or numbers correctly, then dump the letters in the trash can to move to the next lesson.
Overall Educational Value: A - if a student doesn't have great motor control, they may have some issue with getting their finger in the right spot. That's also a reason I like the app. It works hand-eye coordination into learning letters and numbers very similar to how our writing curriculum will tell them. I feel the balance of work vs fun is perfect in this app - draw the letter/word/number, then dump the blocks in the trash can.
Cost: There is a "Lite" version that gives you a small sampling of letters and words. Regular version is $2.99. There is no VPP discount.
Classroom Use/Ideas: This is a great letter and number introduction app for younger kids. It teaches them to control the use of their finger and introduces them to writing.
Reviewer: Josh Allen
Blog: The Tech Fridge