Does writing by hand matter in the digital age?


Technology is having an impact on children’s handwriting ability. What does this mean for their learning and general development? The Guardian recently published an article on just this subject:

"Cast your mind back to the most recent thing you’ve written. Maybe it was a document for work, a message to a friend, or a simple shopping list. Did you use a pen? Or did you type it? The decline of writing by hand – particularly among young people and children – has been in the news. Last month, paediatric doctors warned that children were finding it difficult to hold pencils due to excessive use of technology. Letters to Santa are increasingly sent by email, and Cambridge University is piloting the use of laptops instead of pen and paper for selected exams after requests from students. Some academics have noted the “downward trend” in students’ handwriting".

Click on the link below to read the full text.

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2018/mar/07/does-being-able-to-write-by-hand-still-matter-in-2018

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