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The Inspired Writer blog. Writing, learning, and living with the Common Core Standards.
By Suzanne Klein on 12/22/2014 11:09 AM

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Did you see our last blog post, “From Symbols to Siri: Where is writing headed?” that compares the differences between speech-to-text versus pencil to paper? Though we feel the future of writing is headed in a much different direction for generations to come, we know handwriting and keyboarding skills play an important role in they way children learn to write right now. 

Nowadays it’s less about putting pen to paper and more about turning on your laptop. But are we losing out by letting the art of penmanship die? Lots of evidence shows handwriting for kids stimulates the brain and offers benefits typing doesn’t.

Our friends at Giraffe Learning sent us this infographic that looks at the benefits that come with learning the art of handwriting.Check it out!

By Suzanne Klein on 10/27/2014 10:40 AM

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Stop and consider for a moment a world with no pens, pencils or paper. This is not as science fiction as it sounds. Stop and consider for a moment a world with no pens, pencils or paper. This is not as science fiction as it sounds. Follow me as a take you on a journey of the past, present and future of writing. First, we will look at the past evolution of writing. Next, I will talk about one technology that is changing writing today in the present, and lastly, we will look at some implications of this new form of writing on our future children. The infographic, “From Symbols to Siri: Where is Writing Headed?” shares in detail some of these.

To talk about the past, let's take a trip down history lane to look at how writing has evolved. Before paper there was the papyrus. In 2000 BC, the Egyptians were using ground papyrus as paper.  Around the 16th century the alphabet was created. In 1790 pencils were invented, and 90 years later, the first fountain pen came to be. In 1970 we had computers and in 1997 we have the first smart phone. From quill pen to fountain pen, computers to tablets, all of these tools and technology advances change the way humans express themselves through writing.

By Suzanne Klein on 10/17/2011 2:24 PM
Though K-5 students are required by the Common Core to practice writing with digital tools, writing by hand seems to stimulate brain development far more than keyboarding. Though K-5 students are required by the Common Core to practice writing with digital tools, writing by hand does far more to stimulate brain development.
There's been a lot of talk about ditching handwriting instruction  -- some districts are making it optional after second grade! WriteSteps is not a handwriting program, but we're impressed by research that connects old-fashioned pencil and paper skills to higher-level brain development.

WriteSteps focuses on the essential writing skills outlined in the ELA Common Cores (including digital tools like keyboarding), but also gives children plenty of practice writing by hand.  Have you seen the surprising research on handwriting and the brain?