What is the role of handwriting in Education?
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As a school advisor who specialises in ICT, I also have a responsibility to promote a mixed economy of inputing information including keyboards, swiping (as in a tablet/smart phone) and of course handwriting. In my experience using only one input method leads to problems. Suzanne Smits from morrellshandwriting.co.uk is worth speaking to on this subject.
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From my own experience, there is a whole wealth of intellectual activities where handwriting is way faster and more handful than digital writing.
For example, when you have to sketch visually the solution of a problem, or you want to compare two, or more, different patterns of solutions etc. paper-and-pencil is still the way to go.
My students frequently try freehand writing on tablets, but they find quite annoying you can visualize one sketch at a time only.