There are many wonderful handwriting and tracing apps available but sometimes it is necessary to create customized tracing pages for students, especially those with special needs. Here’s how to do this:
1. Open the Safari app on your IPad.
2. Type this address in the address bar: http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/index.htm
3. Select which tracer page you want to create (many theme options available):
4. Once you choose a theme, then you will be prompted to choose the font you want to be used for tracing
5. Once you select the type of font, you can then type the letters, words or names you want on each line (with a maximum of four lines).
6. Click on “Make Tracer Page” to get your customized tracing practice page (see example below):
7. If you are making tracing pages on your computer, then all you need to do is print the pages when you are done.
If you have an iPad, consider creating tracing pages to be used on the iPad. Here’s how..
1. Follow steps 1-6 above.
2. Then take a screenshot by simultaneously pressing the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button
3. Download the Absolute Board app from the App Store using the link below:
4. Open the app and find the Camera Roll icon on the toolbar and pull in a screenshot of the tracing page.
5. Select the pen tool and the desired color (when you see the eraser and the color wheel, you are in pen mode). Tap the eraser to remove pen marks and tracing mistakes (the color wheel switches to black and white in eraser mode). Select the desired thickness of the pen by moving the slider up or down. See below:
6. Start tracing the letters or words using your finger or a stylus. You can undo or redo anything by click on the undo arrow on the app’s menu:
7. Save the completed tracing page by choosing the save option and choosing the e-mail, print or album option. (Note: If you have Airprint set up on your iPad, you can print the completed tracing pages directly from the iPad just as you would from a computer.)
This is a great way for younger students to practice tracing and writing their name, words, sentences, etc.