Community Advisory Board: Computers not always the write stuff

Is it wrong to write? So many of us are dependent on keyboards to express ourselves these days, the question becomes significant. Does using a keyboard instead of a pen or pencil change the way people learn? If it does, the importance of actually using a manual writing implement such as a pen or pencil is being overlooked. It surely makes sense that the oldest known word processor is a brain, muscles, skeleton, joints, touch, sight, coordination, etc. Assume that the muscles are located in your hands, fingers, wrists and eyes.

A Jan. 24 research article summarized on sciencedaily.com begins with two remarkable sentences: “Writing by hand strengthens the learning process. When typing on a keyboard, this process may be impaired.” Each process activates different parts of the brain. Handwriting actually creates a muscle movement memory in the brain that causes us to recognize letters. [continued…]

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