The Lost Art of Cursive Handwriting
Washington, DC – The mobile platform developer SmartyShortz LLC, today announced the arrival of their newest App; Smarty Cursive for the iPad, to add to their series of apps currently in the App Store including; Smarty Shortz 1st Grade released in July 2010, Smarty K released in November 2010, Smarty Student and Smarty Attendance, apps for teachers to take attendance via an iPad and students to check in and ask questions via their iPhones, both released earlier this year 2011, and Smarty Thank You and Smarty Sticks just released this month. The SmartyShortz concept represents the latest evolution of quality, value, and innovation of educational apps in the Smart Phone industry.
Smarty Cursive available for the iPad is an educational App that offers early cursive learners instructional assistance as well as seasoned cursive writers an outlet for practice. True to SmartyShortz style, the lessons reward the user with a game at the end of both “Upper Case” and “Lower Case” lessons, plus a separate “Practice” section where users can email cursive accomplishments and a section of cursive “Sight Words” review and tracing, reinforcing the Dolch Sight Words (used in both public and private schools across the country as a key to mastering spelling and reading).
“What we experienced first hand with our children and the iPad, is that they are learning with Apps. Tablet learning is being researched, documented and most importantly adopted worldwide in educational institutions and at home. From Fraser Speir’s, head of technology at a private school in Scotland that has an iPad at every students desk to innovative studies such as Project Tomorrow, documenting that App based learning is growing stronger everyday. We believe adding a reinforcing game to a mobile learning App gives the child even more of a chance to absorb the information,” stated LuAnne Riddle, educator and Curriculum Director for SmartyShortz LLC.
Smarty Apps take what children are learning in school and place those standards and etiquette into an App to reinforce important concepts and have fun while doing it!
SmartyShortz specializes in the development of mobile Apps, particularly on iOS and has been in business since April 2009. Longtime designer Jill Mikols Etesse, previously owner of children’s clothing line Tiny Tomatoes, backed by husband Christopher Etesse, an original pioneer of E-Learning powerhouse Blackboard Inc. (NASDQ: BBBB) is creating products that are of the highest educational quality without the hefty price tag. The curriculum development is done with the help of a private school educator, LuAnne Riddle who earned her Masters degree in Education from George Washington University, however the company claims to take constant inspiration and user interface cues from their own kids who serve as “beta testers” to their developers. Copyright (C) 2010 SmartyShortz LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.