How I Use It
We've implemented the Dexteria app in our early elementary classrooms. Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers have been using the app regularly for about a month, with excellent response. There are three activities to the app.
TAP IT works on hand and finger coordination for young children. For the early childhood education levels this is a great challenge for children who have already developed the physical skills required by the other two activities. However, it can be frustrating for the children who are still working on two-finger coordination; as frustration increases they quickly lose interest.
PINCH IT requires children to "capture" little crabs as the scurry across the screen. They practice capturing by pinching the crabs. The sound effects are highly captivating and motivating. This is a favorite activity. Our teachers have seen a direct correlation between early writers and those who excel at this activity. Conversely, they have seen that those children who struggle to hold the pencil and form letters also find greater challenge in pinching the crabs.
WRITE IT is an excellent letter tracing application. Children are given a letter or a number and directions on how to trace the letter with a finger. Arrows show which direction to move the finger, and imply when to pick up the finger and when to keep it on the screen. A voice also gives instructions on when to pick up the finger or not. Our teachers are very pleased with the quick feedback in the app. Pleasant chimes sound while the children are on the letter, a gentle bleep sounds when a mistake is made. If a child gets far off the line, the app simply stops drawing the letter until they return to the line.
To this point, we have only used this app in small group or individual instruction. It seems to work best in that environment. It is excellent for remediation for those who need more practice with fine motor skills.
This is an excellent app. It is engaging for students. The games are not distractingly flashy and the interface is solid, not glitchy. We purchased the multi-user version, and the only thing I would suggest to improve the app is to make selecting the user more friendly for pre-readers.