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Hi-tech Cheam granny brings out follow-up to award winning iPad app
A tech-savvy grandmother has developed her second app to help children with their hand writing after her first effort won an award.
Cheam woman Mary Coen has brought out 'Write Upper Case' - an iPhone and iPad app that helps teach school children how to do upper case writing.
The grandother has released the app to work alongside her award-winning effort abc Joined Up, released last year.
The app is aimed at school children but Mrs Coen has tried the programme out on her three-year-old grandson Ben who was able to get to grips with it.
Mrs Coen, who is a literacy specialist based at St Elphege's School in Wallington, has over 20 years' teaching experience and has spent the last 10 years helping children overcome problems with joined up - or cursive - writing, something she says is important for children to learn, despite advances in digital technology.
She said: "Cursive or joined up writing is a key learning stage for children and I disagree with those who want to stop teaching it because they see it as irrelevant in the digital age.
"So I decided to harness the new technologies to help children become proficient, confident writers and to develop their fine motor skills by learning to write on the iPad screen.
"My two handwriting apps give parents the opportunity to help their children learn this vital skill at home. The feedback from parents and teachers has been very positive."
The app allows children to work with their parents and write on the screen. It celebrates their successes and allows them to colour in the letters on the screen.
Her original app was named Best App for Handwriting in Early Education by iPad For Kids, a specialist app review magazine.
Both apps are available on the iTunes App Store.
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