Submitted Website Approval Request

tcooper on 10/7/2021 10:16:34 AM
Cottonwood Elementary
Principal
AppyTherapy
Handwriting Heroes Online is an interactive learning platform that guides one through letter formation lessons, games and activities. Students are instantly engaged by the animated stories, songs, puzzles, and online writing tools and are eager to move from one letter to the next. It features: lowercase, uppercase and numeral letter formation videos animated songs real-time voice recording a magic on-screen pencil a self-assessment tool arcade-like learning games.
https://appytherapy.com/handwritingheroes-online/
I began using this program while it was free last year to address handwriting needs using an online platform. The program groups letters by how they are formed, giving students a framework to remember correct formation. The videos are so engaging and the practice is short and effective. As we’ve increased online activities over the last couple years, handwriting fluency has decreased. This is a solid tool to address this deficit. The other first grade teachers have expressed interest. It could possibly be used regularly by kindergarten and as intervention for 2nd and 3rd. I like it enough that I'm paying out of pocket for it now. School (custom) or class ($100/year) pricing available. Students will also need the workbook pages. I purchased it for $15 on TPT. There is a discount for purchasing additional licenses @ 13.50 each. Workbooks can also be purchased from the company’s website

Cheryl
cheryl@appytherapy.com
Kindergarten
3rd Grade
Curriculum / Classroom Educational Technology
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Submitted Website Review Form

dgarahana on 10/7/2021 12:42:18 PM
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Submitted Educational Software Specialist Form

jgoblad on 10/27/2021 1:57:53 PM

Content/Simulation

1 - Needs Improvement
2 - Shows Promise
1 - Needs Improvement
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1 - Needs Improvement
3 - Strength Area
2 - Shows Promise
1 - Needs Improvement

Productivity

1 - Needs Improvement
1 - Needs Improvement
Not Applicable
2 - Shows Promise
1 - Needs Improvement

Assessment

1 - Needs Improvement
1 - Needs Improvement
1 - Needs Improvement
1 - Needs Improvement
1 - Needs Improvement

Technology Effectiveness

2 - Shows Promise
Focus is on writing the letters correctly. The sounds of the letters is an after thought. Good instruction would focus on the sounds of the letters and then on the production of the letter. This is not a stand alone program. It requires the purchase of additional materials. Handwriting materials are already provided in the basal program. There is no way to modify the order to match the instruction in the classroom. The program does not provide feedback. Students can randomly draw on the screen.

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Submitted Final Approval Form

dkroberts on 10/27/2021 2:11:35 PM
No
Focus is on writing the letters correctly. The sounds of the letters is an after thought. Good instruction would focus on the sounds of the letters and then on the production of the letter. This is not a stand alone program. It requires the purchase of additional materials. Handwriting materials are already provided in the basal program. There is no way to modify the order to match the instruction in the classroom. The program does not provide feedback. Students can randomly draw on the screen.

Submitted Final Approval Form

dkroberts on 10/28/2021 4:19:29 PM
No
Focus is on writing the letters correctly. The sounds of the letters is an after thought. Good instruction would focus on the sounds of the letters and then on the production of the letter. This is not a stand alone program. It requires the purchase of additional materials. Handwriting materials are already provided in the basal program. There is no way to modify the order to match the instruction in the classroom. The program does not provide feedback. Students can randomly draw on the screen.