The Pen.

The pen is mightier than the sword and in order to wield it you must practise. Over and over again. That’s why I had some fun in Keynote to help early learners with handwriting.

This example will help trace the letters and vocalise the routine to form a letter.

Technology actually improves handwriting by making the children go through the motion of writing first.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start a new blank template.

Next tap on the plus sign on the right upper hand corner.

Now add lines to create tracing paper. Then add the letter.

TIP: Tap on the letter on then lock it down by tapping on the paintbrush and going to Arrange. You will see the little lock icon.

First have your students trace the letter with their finger.

Next get the Apple pencils out and start tracing the letters.

TIP: If you add audio here, the students could practise this individually and at their own pace.

Once you have traced the letter, tap on it with your finger and select Animate. Choose Line Draw and observe the result.

Share your result by either exporting it or projecting it on the Apple TV.

Going Further.

Take this writing ideas further by connecting a song to the way you write the letter. Kids will sing it as they practice handwriting.

This is one of the activities that educators can participate in during The Playground.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

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Everyone Can Create

Have fun!