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The Inspired Writer blog. Writing, learning, and living with the Common Core Standards.
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.  The infographic, “From Symbols to Siri: Where is Writing Headed?” takes you on a journey through the evolution of writing, how writing is evolving today, and the implications a new way of writing might have on our children in the future.

Do you know the only two things constant in life? Laundry and change.
A reoccurring topic amongst thinkers is whether or not technology is the cause of major social, cultural, political, and economic changes in modern society. The automobile, for example, is often spoke of as causing a whole array of social changes, from the creation of suburbia, to the development of the fast food industry, to the paving of farm land, to the imported oil issues and wars.

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?