Nancy Brennan

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Master of Education (MEd)

MA Concentration

Educational Technology, Innovative Learning


Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


In today's environment of high-stakes testing, handwriting is a skill that is often overlooked in order to focus on other areas of the curriculum. Many elementary school teachers do not have enough instructional time to implement explicit handwriting instruction. Although many elementary school students are writing with the use of keyboards and computers, writing by band remains a predominant skill in the elementary classroom. Research indicates that handwriting is tied to academic achievement, yet it is not a core-curricular focus in kindergarten. This project examines the importance of handwriting as a foundational academic skill, as well as the use of tablet computers and handwriting apps to enhance kindergarten handwriting instruction. By reviewing 32 currently available handwriting apps, this study will explore the possibility of using handwriting apps on tablet computers as a means of giving kindergarten students new and emergent ways of mastering handwriting.