Developed in close collaboration with UCL’s EDUCATE programme, the handwriting practice application Kaligo is mainly aimed at 2- to 8-year-olds and seeks to make the process of writing on mobile tablets as close to the paper experience as possible. To that end, the software can recognise degrees of pencil pressure and shape associations, but where it comes into its own is in its ability to offer pupils instant feedback on their handwriting based on shape, direction, order and line spacing. An instant mediation function will see it step in and instruct pupils on how to approach a given exercise in the event of incorrect letter orientations, stroke orders or directions a further three times – repetition being a key strategy in both early years and later writing interventions.
Teachers can use Kaligo to access an impressive amount of granular detail with respect to pupils’ handwriting skills. As you’d expect, it can instantly call up individual student data pertaining to past lessons and assignments, but it can also play back exactly what pen strokes pupils performed and how, with the handwriting marks gradually reappearing on screen as if in real time.
In terms of hardware requirements, Kaligo can be used with circa 2017 iPads and newer running iOS 10, as well as a variety of Android devices from the likes of Samsung and Acer. Users aren’t limited when it comes to stylus options – at the high-end, the child-friendly Logitech Crayon digital pen works well, but so too do to the styluses packaged with a number of Android tablets and budget offerings starting at around £9 each. Access to Kaligo is based around 1- and 3-year subscriptions, with pricing set at bronze (up to 50 pupils), silver (50 to 100) and gold (100+) tiers – gold level will cost schools £1,000 for one year or £2,500 for three.
This year’s Bett Show proved to be a particularly good one for the Kaligo team, following the announcement that the app had placed second out of 3,000 entrants in the Bett-hosted GESAwards for edtech startups, earning its makers a $20,000 prize. To find out what it can do for you, visit kaligo-apps.com.