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posted by n1 on Wednesday June 04 2014, @09:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the nothing-but-illegible-scribbles dept.

The NY Times asks does handwriting matter? The Common Core standards stop teaching handwriting after the first grade, preferring a proficiency in typing after that.

However, studies are showing that children learn faster, are able to retain more information, and generate new ideas when they first learn to write by hand. The process of thinking about how to form a letter and putting it on the page stimulates more areas of the brain. This come from the inherent messiness in free-form writing, which can be a valuable learning tool.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Horse With Stripes on Wednesday June 04 2014, @10:41AM

    by Horse With Stripes (577) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @10:41AM (#51011)

    ^ I concur. All the notes for all the projects I work on are either written in a notebook first, or worked out on a whiteboard (with a pic taken after*). They are all eventually entered into my project management system, but they start 'by hand'.


    * These days it's easy to do with my phone or tablet. In the old days I would use a Polaroid Instamatic and put them in photo albums.

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:48PM

    by frojack (1554) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:48PM (#51402) Journal

    Instamatic was a Kodak film camera.
    Polaroid made instant cameras but never called them that.

    But dittos for shooting the white board. I still have a few of those taped into my project books.

    The project books were just college ruled 9x6 spiral bound notebooks numbered 1 to N for each project we designed. The rule was you never tore a page out of the project book. We would fill them so fast we had to remember to date a page every morning. Invaluable. My only wish was that it could have been searchable. I've never found a computerized note taking app I liked. They all fail.

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.