In Digital Age, Does Handwriting Still Matter?
Looked at your child ’s handwriting lately (or your own) and thought it could use some improvement? Then did you wonder: Does it even matter in this age of digital correspondence?
Turns out, it may. Far more than just a tool for communication, the act of writing by hand appears to be an important building block for learning. In today’s story, we talk about new research showing how handwriting helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression and may even aid fine motor skill development.
Even adults can benefit from the practice when studying new graphically different languages-such as Chinese-or symbols in sciences such as chemistry. Some physicians say it could help keep our minds sharp as we age.
Ironically, it may be modern technology that gives a boost to handwriting’s resurgence. For anyone whose kids balk at or have trouble with traditional handwriting instruction, the arrival of new educational games for the iPhone, iPod, iPad and other touch screen devices may come as a welcome teaching aid.
We checked out a few in the iTunes app store with names such as abc PocketPhonics, ABC Tracer and iWriteWords. Cheering pencils and encouraging animals give positive feedback for good performance. Parents who’ve downloaded them say their kids think learning to write on these devices is a game. There are also adult apps, such as the $3.99 WritePad, which convert your own handwriting to text. Some adults are setting out to fix their own handwriting through traditional means.
我们使用了iTunes 软件商店里的几款名叫abc PocketPhonics、ABC Tracer、iWriteWords 之类的教育软件。当孩子们在游戏中表现不俗时，游戏中就会出现铅笔欢呼、动物喝彩等画面，孩子们由此得到积极的反馈。下载了这类游戏的家长说，他们的孩子把在这些装置上书写当成了一种游戏。除此之外，也有成人适用的软件，比如售价3.99 美元的WritePad，这款软件可以把你的笔迹转换成文本。也有一些成人已经开始通过传统的方式来改进自己的笔迹。