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Children who write by hand learn and
remember more than those that use
computers, with pen and paper sparking
activity in part of the brain responsible for
attention, experts say

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Posted By: Imright, 10/1/2020 10:51:22 PM

Approximately 45 US states do not require schools to teach students handwriting, but a new study suggests the skill is vital to a child's development.Following an examination of brain activity, researchers found using a pen and paper helps children learn more and remember better than if they record information on a computer.The data showed an increase of activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain, which is involved with processing, attention and language.Scientist also found that the act is beneficial for adults, suggesting they will remember contents better after writing them down.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rumblehog 10/1/2020 11:00:47 PM (No. 559144)
Taking thorough notes in class is a mapping process into the brain. It really helps to learn a subject. By the time I was finished with a college course my notebook was quite thick, and was very useful when studying for an exam.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: qr4j 10/1/2020 11:05:06 PM (No. 559149)
This does not surprise me at all. There is something about organizing thoughts on paper that is quite different from doing so online.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sandpiper 10/1/2020 11:06:07 PM (No. 559150)
Same here No. 1. That’s why I always took notes in class. Still do handwritten notes when I am listening to something I want to retain.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nimby 10/1/2020 11:06:22 PM (No. 559151)
Cursive writing in elementary schools Improves the fine motor skills of kids. The brain’s motor cortex controls all of these
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ScottC 10/1/2020 11:17:22 PM (No. 559160)
I realized this to be true when I was learning Spanish.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Imright 10/1/2020 11:20:07 PM (No. 559163)
How will folks sign in when they signature?...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: paloalto 10/1/2020 11:27:47 PM (No. 559167)
Agree with both #1 and #3. I studied for tests by re-writing all my notes. Years after college I met someone who used the same technique. Worked great for both of us.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: JubilationTCornpone 10/1/2020 11:35:44 PM (No. 559173)
In early grade school, to memorize spelling words, you had to copy them ten times each from the blackboard.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Catherine 10/1/2020 11:40:48 PM (No. 559175)
I was stunned when I learned cursive writing is not even being taught anymore. I cannot imagine why not. It's far more tiring to print everything. Of course I'm sure computers come into this but why is no one aware that if we lose electricity, writing is all we'll have.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: panther361 10/2/2020 12:51:48 AM (No. 559196)
To further #9, I have kept the EMP scenario in the back of my mind. What would we do with no electronics? It is not so much science fiction.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 10/2/2020 1:17:48 AM (No. 559216)
Computer "learning ", esp for children, is a rotten way to learn.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 10/2/2020 1:54:29 AM (No. 559240)
I learned that in college, when studing difficult topics in engineering curriculum, me taking copious notes and then re-reading those notes and even adding more to them if I remembered it when studying, or pulling more from the book and adding to the notes helped me to learn complex material the best I could. I fully agree with this writing thing. Computers do not help you much when learning.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Butch 10/2/2020 3:20:16 AM (No. 559262)
I enjoyed the privilege of attending a very demanding daytime college prep school in Houston, and in sixth grade Mr. Garwood, a history teacher, spent two or three days showing us how to take notes. What a great skill! Orgnized note-taking organize the mind. I agree with #5, good notes and plenty of writing helped me learn Spanish. The curriculum of the typical public school now has been dumbed down so much, it´s amazing those kids learn anything useful.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Jennie C. 10/2/2020 8:57:25 AM (No. 559475)
I read a study years ago that said that learning cursive, in particular, had something good to do with brain development. As for taking notes, just the process of doing that has helped me to pay closer attention and learn more, even if I don't look back at them.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: EmilioCavaradosi 10/2/2020 12:21:00 PM (No. 559694)
I think this must depend on the individual. It probably works for most people, but not for me. I am highly educated—BS(Engineering), MS(Physics), AM (Math), PhD (Math)—and have had a successful academic career. I have never taken useful notes in any class. I found that attempting to do so distracted my attention from the subject matter being taught. If I paid attention in class instead, I remembered the lecture; if I tried to take notes, I didn't.
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