This week we have been playing with the School Writing AU/NZ App. This new Windows 8 app is magic on a touch screen or Interactive Whiteboard. School writing AU/NZ is a learn to write app that uses specific writing fonts for Australian, New Zealand and a few other nations.
It opens with NSW Foundation Font as a default, but you can easily change fonts through the settings button. The App is currently free for educators. To receive your free registration code, download the trial, then go to Settings > Upgrade and enter an edu.au email address. You will receive your free code in an email with which you can then register.
When opening the app, it's easy to get going. The first choices to get started are:
I was struck by the depth of the app. At first I thought it was great writing over the guide lines, choosing the style of the guidelines I wanted, colour, thickness of pen etc, but then I realised I could play back my writing. What an amazing tool for developing self reflection and feedback in young learners! Once I delved a little more I discovered that there is audio to hear sounds and words, there is the ability for teachers to record their own voice, there is an ability to edit pre-created exemplar writing, and an ability to export files and create lesson plans. Teachers can even create their own lists and audio of words, letters, numbers, shapes, and patterns to bring in their own phonetics and other specific learning strategies.
Below is a set of the full features of the app:
Next I started thinking what a great activity this would be for not just young learners but for special education. It would be a great fine motor skill activity for many learners who need extra practice in this area.
It goes without saying that this would be a great app to recommend to homes with Windows 8 devices.
Find this app and many more on our PreSchool and ES1 Windows 8 Apps Pinterest Board.
As you prepare for your new learners in 2014, why not have a play and see if this app suits your classroom? Share with us how you might use this app in the comments below.
Did you know that you can now purchase Windows Store Gift Cards? A great way to add apps to machines in your school.
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