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Cursive swoops back into curriculum

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“In these digital days, knowing how to write in cursive may seem a bit of an anachronism. People can sign legal documents online just by typing in their name, and whether a student can properly swoop their Y’s correctly doesn’t impact their ability to pass an SAT exam or even get their high school diploma.” (more)

Putting pen to paper: the schools nurturing a love of the written word

The Guardian – Naomi Larsson

“At Jenner Park Primary School in Barry, Wales, pupils between the ages of seven and nine are writing letters to residents of a local care home. The initiative sees children and their elderly pen pals exchange updates about their lives, helping to build relationships between generations while also giving the children an understanding of the value of writing letters by hand – an activity that’s becoming less and less common.” (more)

Does writing by hand still matter in the digital age?

The Guardian – Harriet Swain

“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.” (more)

Pencil Versus Keyboard: What Do We Know About Learning How to Write?

Ed Surge – Sydney Johnson

“Like many skills, good writing comes with good practice. Just ask Jane Hyatt Yolen, author and editor of more than 280 books, whose most notable quotes include: “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” But what does the research actually say about learning how to write in an increasingly digital age, let alone finding a good “workout” for our students to build the muscle? Researchers tell EdSurge that a shift towards digital over handwriting could have negative effects on young readers and writers, but some educators think technology and social media can create new ways to engage students in the writing process.”(more)

Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens

The Guardian – Mattha Busby

The increasing illegibility of students’ handwriting has prompted Cambridge University to consider ending 800 years of tradition by allowing laptops to replace pen and paper for exams. Academics say that students are losing the ability to write by hand en masse because of their reliance on laptops in lectures and elsewhere. Sarah Pearsall, a senior lecturer at Cambridge’s history faculty, said: “Fifteen or 20 years ago, students routinely wrote by hand several hours a day, but now they write virtually nothing by hand except exams.”(more)

Later literacy success hinges on early handwriting lessons

Medical X-Press – Pepita Smyth

“A new study has shown the far-reaching implications of handwriting skills in early childhood. In an Australian first, Murdoch University researchers Dr Anabela Malpique, Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak and PhD Candidate Debora Valcan examined the handwriting abilities of children prior to starting Year 1. “Writing is a way of transforming and expressing ideas into language and we know that early handwriting automaticity, that is how effortlessly students can write letters, is a strong predictor of both writing fluency and quality,” Dr Malpique said.”(more)