Good writing education gives children a lifelong head start. It influences language development, reading comprehension and fine motor skills. Writing by hand is still essential, despite the increasing importance of computers. Unfortunately, in practice there's not a lot of attention paid to it in the current primary school curriculum. Methods are often more than ten years old and teachers are too busy.
Research has shown in particular that the time spent on writing is important for good motor skill imprinting: time on task. How do you make sure that children spend a lot of time practicing the necessary movements? By making it fun off course!
Help children with a game
Juf-in-a-Box ('Teacher in a Box') is developed by Ranj, in co-operation with TNO, the Donders Institute, Avans and the Radboud University of Nijmegen. It approaches writing lessons in a playful and educational way by combining the challenge, feedback and fun of games with an adaptive teaching method.
Students write using a stylus, equal to a regular pen in size, on a writing tablet and screen all-in-one. Because of this visual interface, Juf-in-a-Box is intuitively understandable, which makes it appropriate for children starting at 4 years old. The method is used by both physical therapists and teachers.
For the development, Ranj worked closely with professionals in the field, such as the recognized specialist Ad van Tuijl. As a guide, the scientifically proven Neuromotor Task Training method was used.
Researchers at the Radboud University analysed the data of the pilotstudy. The results where published in the December issue of FysioPraxis (Dutch only).
For more information visit the Juf-in-a-Box website.