Educational Technology

June 25, 2011

Computers are killing students’ handwriting skills

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Laura Speranza, Sunday Telegraph

Computers are killing students’ handwriting skills, with some schools scrambling to correct their illegible scribble ahead of HSC exams. A rising use of laptops in schools means students are writing less and what they do write is sloppy. Parents and Citizens’ Association of NSW spokesman David Giblin said parents were worried about computer technology’s impact on the ability of students to write legibly, especially in senior years. “The downside – as we move towards information and communication technology in schools – is we are seeing a drop-off in the quality of handwriting,” Mr Giblin said. “One of the anomalies is exams, including the HSC, are delivered with pen and paper.”

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