When a person is writing thing out in cursive or longhand, more areas of their brain are activated and interconnected, which results in a more advanced and alert intellectual state.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) January 26, 2014
Children should practice handwriting regularly, even in today's learning landscape that is filled with more and more keyboard-focused communication. The sudden prioritizing of touch typing on keyboards and hand-held devices has made handwriting a lost art for both adults and children. Even school students carry out most of their in-class activities on tablets and computers in some educational districts. Students are still taught how to write in cursive at school in their early years, but the increasing use of keyboarding, when those skills are not used, makes the student's handwriting degrade to a messy and often unintelligible scrawl. Like any skill, if it is not used, it will fade. What's more, as eReflect believes, handwriting should not be regarded as a dying art, because learning cursive can benefit a person's efforts to learn to type. When a person is writing thing out in cursive or longhand, more areas of their brain are activated and interconnected, which results in a more advanced and alert intellectual state. eReflect points to a recent study supporting this idea; the connection between the two forms of communication has been substantiated by an Indiana University study which looked into how touch typing and longhand writing shape brain activity.
As opposed to touch typing, handwriting is a more challenging activity in that, it requires a higher level of concentration on several levels, including physically and intellectually. The visual, motor, and intellectual effort needed when writing in cursive forces the brain into an advanced state of focus, allowing the person writing to make better use of their knowledge and skills. In other words, handwriting engages the writer’s mind, making them more attentive and efficient at the hand at task. Handwriting also boosts the eye-motor coordination skills which in turn makes touch typing easier since it employs the same skills.
eReflect recommends a combination of touch typing and handwriting practice to ensure that both these skills are at a satisfactory level, and so that both will reinforce the other. By finding ways to improve typing speed and accuracy, it is possible to become even more efficient in tasks when touch typing is necessary, such as typing reports and writing emails or chatting online. On the other hand, engaging with handwriting is an act that’s both educational and essential; besides the fact that handwriting improves concentration and visual-motor coordination, it’s still the only acceptable form of communication for correspondence such as thank-you notes and personal event invitations. Combining the art of cursive writing and keyboarding will ensure that the digital-era generation will be equally competent in both.
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About Ultimate Typing™
Ultimate Typing™ software is designed specifically for the improvement of typing skills. Created by eReflect, a world leader in e-learning and self-development software, Ultimate Typing™ has been informed by the latest developments in the science of touch typing.
Since its creation in 2006 by Marc Slater, the company has already catered to over 112 countries all over the world, offering products with the latest cutting-edge technology, some of which are among the world’s most recognized and awarded in the industry.