Re: Teachers.Net Gazette - survey of teachers' opinions on..
    Posted by: Whistler on 7/20/13
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    I am of two minds. Students must learn to present their work
    in a polished, professional way. This can mean handwriting,
    but more and more it means a computer-generated document,
    slide show, or presentation. They need to learn how to create
    and read hand-generated text. But it should not be the
    be-all, end-all of written communication they produce.

    On one hand, using higher tech can offer a more level playing
    field for students that don't have legible handwriting.
    Students can create an enormous amount of product without
    being shackled by pen or pencil. It is possible, with little
    training, for anyone to create a beautifully formatted, easy
    to read document. The ways students can present a final
    product have exploded with the use of computerized text and
    computer generated graphics.

    On the other hand, writing things out by hand require a
    different kind of thinking. Handwriting slows down one's
    thought process. There is an intimacy one gains with
    connecting pencil with paper that connects the writer with the
    written word that cannot be experienced with word processing.
    Also, our country's founding documents are written with
    cursive, as are many other pieces of written communication.
    There are writing functions available even on the newest
    technology, so it is still a current necessary skill for
    accessing information using the highest of tech.

    I have a background in graphic arts, both graphic design and
    calligraphy. I long ago resigned myself to the fact that
    creating some beautiful things by hand has become nearly
    extinct, but I believe the human creative impetus will
    continue to make art, artful writing, and beautiful products
    with newer tools.

    As a teacher, I spent more time my students how to create
    beautiful products using the newest technology. I spent less
    time teaching them how to form perfect cursive letters, but
    you can be sure I taught them deeply and well about the
    history of writing and its importance as a cultural tool.

    By the way, the True Type fonts we are all used to using on
    our computers would not have been possible if Steve Jobs had
    not taken an interest in calligraphy, letterform, and the
    relationships of letters to each other. Beautiful handwriting
    still has an important place

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  • Re: Teachers.Net Gazette - survey of teachers' opinions on.., 7/07/13, by lca.
  • Re: Teachers.Net Gazette - survey of teachers' opinions on.., 7/20/13, by Whistler.