Why the ‘iPad generation’ still needs to learn to write

Jun 21, 2016 by

Left Handed Student

With laptops and hand-held devices slowly replacing pencils and paper, some educators question the importance of teaching handwriting in the classroom.

Although some say it is a nonessential motor skill, researchers have found evidence that in fact it helps children pay attention to and understand the written language.

Brain scans in children who did not yet know how to print revealed they are unable to distinguish letters and respond to them ‘the same as to a triangle’.

‘This myth that handwriting is just a motor skill is just plain wrong,’ Dr. Virginia Berninger, educational professor at the University of Washington, told The New York Times: WHY HANDWRITING IS STILL ESSENTIAL IN THE KEYBOARD AGE.

‘We use motor parts of our brain, motor planning, motor control, but what’s very critical is a region of our brain where the visual and language come together, the fusiform gyrus, where visual stimuli actually become letters and written words.’

You have to see letters in ‘the mind’s eye’ in order to create them on a piece of paper she explained.

And brain scans have shown that the activation in this region is different in children who have issues with handwriting.

Laura Dinehart, an associate professor of early childhood education at Florida International University, highlighted a range of ways handwriting and academic achievement are linked.

She explained that children with good handwriting may earn better grades just for the simple fact their work is easier to read.

Source: Why the ‘iPad generation’ still needs to learn to write | Daily Mail Online

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