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Posted by Debby Root on June 7, 2011
I have only looked at the demo online but am impressed with the animation which I believe will help students. However, it would be good if when using the pencil the program would not let you start writing at the bottom of the line but forced you to start at the top or the dot. Writing from the bottom up is such a hard habit to break with some students. Thanks
Posted by Heather on September 13, 2011
It definitely needs a feature where the animation will play continuously without the teacher having to manually start it over and over.
Posted by Laurie Gilmore on September 21, 2011
Definitely good for basics. I wish there were some activities built in for children to do, other than just basic letter formation (much like the activities in the workbooks). For better or for worse, kids love computer games - some activities would give it a "game" feel.
Posted by lynda voronin on February 8, 2012
It is great if you are using a laptop, but I have an iPad and iPhone and it will not work on either of these because they do not use adobe so I have to carry around my heavy laptop. I sure wish that they was some other program they could use that would be compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Posted by Julie Stewart on May 17, 2012
I love the HWT Digital Teaching Tools! It has made teaching the program even better. My students can hardly wait to start on their daily handwriting practice.
Posted by Janine Vasquez on May 25, 2012
I have been waiting for something like the digital program. I love your books, but not being able to find them local or on Amazon has been an issue. These are two ideas that I have, in order to improve the program : 1. The program should talk to the children as it forms the letters. 2. Instead of using your mouse to "write" the letter, have a choice of wood blocks to form the letters. Your program uses those wood curved/straight letters to form letters. It would seem appropriate to also use this online. The mouse is way too unreliable to form anything legible. It is actually almost a set back. I really love that you also teach cursive, as this is one of the books we do not own yet.
Posted by Debbie on August 23, 2012
Great product that is very user friendly and holds the kids' attention! If I could change one thing, it would be to add audio to the description of the letter formation but I do that as we practice together anyway!
Posted by Elizabeth Doyle on August 31, 2012
I absolutely love the digital tools!
Posted by JoAnn on January 7, 2013
I love the spelling and vocabulary sheets. I was interested in making paragraph worksheets, this program allows only for brief sentences. That left me lacking what I needed from this program for our copy work. I also believe the last line on the sentence generator should be functional, as of now it does not allow for text. This worksheet maker was a brilliant idea and something I need. This is a great start, keep making improvements and I will be back to purchase it.
Posted by Sue on February 16, 2013
I love the tools. I find it hard to "find" the link to get into them. I realize I can bookmark them, but sometimes I want to access them from a different computer and spend too much time looking for how to get to them again.
Posted by Monica Semrad on September 6, 2013
Even the most reluctant learners will be fully engaged when you use the Digital Teaching Tools to teach capital letter formation! My school paid for this last year as a pilot program, but I paid for it myself this year because of the success we saw last year!
Posted by Julie Smith on September 24, 2013
Invaluable, indispensable teaching tool for cheap! Large return on the investment.
Posted by Theresa on September 25, 2013
I would like to be able to put letters together to practice short words. Our students often come to school writing from the bottom up. They will do the first letter in a word from the top but then switch on the next letter. The visual would be a big help.
Posted by Christina Austin on October 14, 2013
Love this product! I would like to see the student workbook pages on the digital tools so that I can show students the page in their workbook and reflect that on the SmartBoard.
Posted by Barbara Purn on October 31, 2013
It is very helpful to have the digital online tools for displaying on my Smartboard. I have used it for 3 years. I wish I could just print out a sheet of our 2nd grade lined paper, for use with practice, etc. We do buy the paper from the company but it is quite expensive to use all day long.