From Handwriting Spurs Brain Activity, Typing Doesn’t by Julia Lawrence
While educators find handwriting increasingly irrelevant, there is evidence that the act of writing by hand provides significant developmental benefits.
Putting actual pen to paper can have significant benefits for brain development, the Los Angeles Times reports. [W]hen students develop their handwriting, they also increase their brain activity and improve their fine motor skills. Similar benefits were not detected when kids were typing or simply repeating their lessons verbally.
Scientists compared the neuroimage scans of preschoolers who were practicing printing as they were learning their letters and those who were just doing verbal repetition. After four weeks of training, the kids who practiced writing showed brain activation similar to an adult’s (…).
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Read the questions below, think about them all and then choose ONE of them and write your answer (5-10 sentences).
1. Which do you use more in your everyday life: handwriting or typing? Has the proportion changed in the last two years? And in the last five years?
2. How old were you when you learned handwriting? How did you learn it?
3. How old were you when you learned typing? How did you learn it?