NYT: What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Michael Mabry

In The Age of Technology, the Human Element is More Important than Ever.

According to Maria Konnikova of the New York Times, hand writing is an important part of brain development and literacy. Konnikova states “Cursive or not, the benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.”

In the rush to implement technology with younger and younger children, do we run the risk of limiting their critical thinking abilities? What are your thoughts on this article, please comment in the section below.

Walter Duncan is the teacher Co-Creator of the Quick Key App, which allows teachers to grade paper assessments with their smart devices. Please go to www.quickkeyapp.com to find out more.

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