THE classroom today is a totally different learning environment compared to event five to 10 years ago.
Technology is continuing to play a big part in that.
New research from Charles Sturt University is examining the importance of teaching handwriting and computer keyboard skills to primary school children.
The study is being conducted by Dr Noella Mackenzie, who wants to find evidence about the way children learn handwriting and computer skills.
An important question being examined is whether or not handwriting is still important and relevant in the digital age.
While students in today’s modern world are using computers and iPads, handwriting should definitely remain a focus for teachers and parents.
This is an important life skill and will no doubt remain so into the future.
It not only teaches children how to spell without an autocorrect or spell checker, but in reality it could be something they use each day when entering the “real world” and getting a job.
It remains important to have legible handwriting.
Even think of all the important forms that are required to be filled out over a lifetime.
Imagine a world without it? Perhaps one day this will be the new reality, but for now, students of all ages should still be learning and practicing this essential skill.