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What we love…

The detailed progress tracking, an adaptive handwriting program, the many customization options to cater to different requirements and the support for a smooth transition to writing on paper.

What we’d love to see…

Students learn the letter sounds as well. Ability to have custom words read aloud after tracing is completed.

Summary

iTrace has the best features you see in most handwriting apps and adds a few new ones of their own, definitely an app to have if you are working on handwriting with your children.

Our Rating

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678381 iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace   Review iTrace is the most comprehensive handwriting app that I’ve come across to date. It brings together the most valued features in the handwriting apps that I have used and gives even more. It not only takes children from forming their letters and numbers to writing their names and words correctly, it also provides resources for a smooth transition to writing on paper which is our ultimate goal.

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This app is so packed full of different features and options, I recommend that you start by reading the Tutorial in the locked Parents Zone. Here, you can create multiple student profiles and for each profile, select the fonts to learn – Zaner-Blosser, Handwriting Without Tears or D’Nealian. You can opt for cursive letters and there is even an option for left-hand orientation. To cater to some variations in letter formations, the app allows for further customization by providing alternative stroke sequences.

 iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace   Review From the main menu, you have a choice of selecting a specific letter/number/word for the student to work on or follow the iTrace practice module. The module presents the letters/numbers that are easiest to write first e.g. 1, L, T and gradually introduce the more difficult ones based on the child’s ability and progress. Here, uppercase and lowercase letters are mixed with numbers and the size of the letters/numbers are automatically reduced as the child completes more handwriting exercises. The ruled lines appear only with the smallest letter size in preparation for practicing on lined paper.

 iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace   Review There is great support for the child during the handwriting exercises. For letters and numbers, an animation of a hand holding a stylus shows how the tracing is done and then prompts appear to guide the correct strokes. The prompts are gradually removed as more practice is done. Feedback is instant and errors in tracing are highlighted to encourage accurate tracing. If an error is made, the student has to redo the tracing. Rewards come in the form of stars, pictures of items related to the letters/numbers that were traced and a hidden objects game. What is more motivating for children is perhaps the ability to practice writing their names in different color choices and the chance to see their chosen scenes come alive in the word tracing section. What I like is that I can add my own words and the corresponding pictures on top of the existing 500 words. It would great if I can also save an audio recording of my words.

 iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace   Review iTrace recommends that children start tracing with their fingers and use a stylus only when they can hold a stylus confidently. Having the wrist resting on the device while writing in this case didn’t cause as much problem as in some other apps. The app further supports the transition to tracing on paper by providing paper worksheets which you can print directly from the app by AirPrint (iPad only) or email out for printing. You can select the letter/number and the size (small, medium or large) before printing or let the app choose the appropriate letter/number based on the child’s progress.

20131220 015217 iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace   Review Talking about progress, iTrace saves the entire history of every child’s progress – what and how many letters/numbers// words were traced and the duration spent on the app (today, week, month, all time), as well as the actual tracing made by each student. Every attempt is recorded and errors made are highlighted. While I don’t need the detailed comments like ‘too shaky’, ‘wrong start’, ‘unfinished’ that accompany each error, I do appreciate the recording of errors as they point out which letter/number needs more practice. I can even search for all the tracing attempts for a particular letter/number, impressive! I only hope that these records do not take up much storage space on my iPad!

 iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace   Review This is essentially an app that teaches handwriting, it doesn’t teach phonics. While letter names are taught, the students don’t get to see the individual letters in their uppercase and lowercase form together. It would be wonderful if there are opportunities for students to see the association between the two forms of letters in the app. If I may have one more wish, it would be the option to write the letter ‘y’ in a continuos stroke. I hope to see this app get all the extras to make it a complete handwriting app.

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Despite my wish list, I really like this app for it provides support for handwriting practice on and off the iPad. And the detailed tracking of a child’s progress impresses me. iTrace may not be the only handwriting app that you have on your iPad but I’m sure It is one that you will use frequently. If you are currently working on handwriting with your child, you absolutely must check out iTrace. Try the free lite version today!

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iTrace Free (handwriting for kids) – iTrace

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Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPhone5c, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadMini, iPhone 4, iPhone5s, iPadThirdGen, iPad WiFi, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPod Touch (4. Gen.)
Size: 122.1 MB

$FREE

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Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5c, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPad 3G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone 4, iPadThirdGen, iPhone5, iPad WiFi, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone5s, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPadFourthGen
Size: 122.1 MB

$3.99USD

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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