IS THE KEYBOARD MIGHTIER THAN THE PEN?

In a world that reveres technology and has a yearning to own the latest and fastest gadget, students are increasingly using these gadgets to take their class notes as well as in their all other communication. And the practice is dispersive.

However, life science believes there’s a close connection between body and mind, and this body-mind link activates learning. Research shows a brawny relationship between brain activity and fine motor skills. An Indiana University study recently revealed that the brain flurry in children who are taught to form letters by hand is significantly more adult-like than that of children who do not receive this instruction. The brains of the children who were taught handwriting actually showed “a huge spike” in activity in the neural network associated with reading.

This kind of brain stimulation does not occur during keyboarding. Research from the University of Washington found it’s because keyboarding involves selecting a whole letter with one stroke. The difference lies in the sequenced movements.

Neurologist Frank Wilson has meticulously explored this subject and strongly favors working with the hands in order to develop higher thinking skills. Undoubtedly learning writing by hand should be mandatory for the first time learners, infact till grade 5 use of keyboards must be abjured.

Lets now come to bigger kids. Many students type faster than they write. They would obviously be the first ones to relinquish pen and paper, the moment the system allows it. Some students can’t read their own handwriting, its so shoddy; typing circumvents their problem.

Also, it spell checks, looks dandy and can present a well formatted report quickly.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are many students who learn to take notes in their own personal form of shorthand. Some scribble a couple of words, and draw some lines to connect things which would be nebulous to anybody but themselves. They are likely to advocate hand writing all their lives. Then there would be the artistic types who have an insatiable desire for hand writing and won’t let gadgets arrogate their right to write!

But most students would prefer a hybrid of the traditional and the digital .Like using their iPad as a notebook with a stylus. Or a touchscreen tablet where notes can be handwritten directly. Some of these devices can translate the pen markings into digital typewritten fonts just with a click. Then there are programs that allow one to view an e-text book and highlight, underline, or write on those documents little notes as one sees fit.

These documents can be swapped with classmates, updated in a revision class, used to write a thesis with minimum duplication, and sent over the net anywhere on the planet.

However, an outcome of a recent Facebook survey was that most students would still like taking their notes by pen and paper. So why exactly are handwritten notes favored over using a laptop?

First and foremost, poll respondents said that they feel more engaged in class material when they’re taking notes by hand. When typing notes, it can be easy to get into a groove where your fingers do the typing without even realizing what’s being typed. However, taking notes by hand might not feel so robotic and you might remain more focused on the task at hand. Hand written notes act a good source for quick learning and revision.

Another benefit mentioned by students is that handwritten notes present far fewer distractions than using a laptop. With your laptop open, it could incite you to check e-mail, get on Facebook or play a few rounds of solitaire during class. Most likely you wouldn’t be able to find many distractions in your notebook.

A notebook or binder with all your handwritten notes could also make it easier to refer back to information from a previous lecture. For instance, if your teacher starts talking about a concept from last week’s class, you can easily flip back to your notes to refresh your memory or write down elucidatory remarks. It might be a bit more convoluted to try to find the right file on your computer.

Handwritten notes could even improve your peace of mind. Imagine the debacle you’d face if in the middle of class your note taking program shut down without saving what you had been typing. It could prove to be a very odious situation. As long as you have paper and a couple pens or pencils, this shouldn’t be a concern.

Some professors won’t allow students to use their laptops at all during class. Before showing up to class without any paper or writing implements, be sure to verify that you are permitted to take notes on your laptop.

The school, harrowed by ecological concerns, is making an effort to become as paperless as possible. In some high-schools every kid’s laptop is endowed to them from the school; here, there is a distinct down fall in the amount of writing. On some days, kids wont even take their binders out or open the backpack, just use their laptops for everything. All handouts and courseware is available on line for them to download.

Pro-digitisation folks have presented outlandish problems due to use of pens and pencils : distracting noise, harmful makeshift weapons and incredible mess. In addition, Pens and pencils can be used as a bullying trick amongst kids by use of sinister notes that pass from hand to hand across the rows of desks. Kids have free reign to write and disseminate messages that use unsavory language and vile speech. Pencils can be used to play games like Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe, word searches, crosswords, and now the latest craze: Sudoku.

Both forms of communication, written as well as digital, are critical to the future of our society. We all have our preferences. If you want to tap into the right side of your brain for creative and conceptual ideas, you need to doodle and draw with your hand. Pencil and paper are always accessible anywhere – bedroom, bus-ride or a basketball match.

Handwriting is a must when one is doing 1 on 1 stuff ,like conducting a job interview, or learning from some tutor.

You never know when you’ll need to pick up that pencil to write an important message down. You never know that when you write “I miss you” in your own handwriting, you’ll actually pass on an important message that may change your life, and someone else’s! So I urge you to continue writing, at least till mankind stops making paper and pencil !  

Word – Watch

 

Abjured

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to formally reject a former belief.

Synonyms : retract

Arrogates

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to take over something using force without the authority to do so

Synonyms : usurps

Brawny

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

Synonyms : powerful, sinewy

Circumvents

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to avoid doing something

Synonyms : eludes, skirts

Convoluted

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; rolled or coiled together; highly complex or intricate

Synonyms : Byzantine, tortuous

Dandy

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; very good;

Other Meaning(s) : noun a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance; a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudder post

Synonyms : gallant, smashing

Debacle

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a sudden and violent collapse; a sound defeat

Other Meaning(s) : flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer;

Synonyms : fiasco

Dispersive

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; spreading by diffusion

Synonyms : diffusing, scattering, spreading

Disseminate

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; cause to become widely known

Synonyms : circulate, broadcast

Distracting

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; causing to stray from the desired direction.

Synonyms : perturbing

Elucidatory

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; making something understandable.

Synonyms : enlightening

Endowed

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; provided or supplied or equipped with (especially as by inheritance or nature)

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; having received a financial donation form some foundation or trust.

Synonyms : gifted

Flurry

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a rapid active commotion;

Other Meaning(s) : verb move in an agitated or confused manner; cause to feel embarrassment, a light brief snowfall and gust of wind (or something resembling that);

Synonyms : bustle, hustle

Harrowed

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; caused discomfort & pain

Synonyms : distressed

 

Hybrid

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; composite of mixed origin;

Other Meaning(s) : adjective; produced by crossbreeding; an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species; a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual’ has a Greek prefix and a Latin root)

Synonyms : crossed

Implements

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; tools used for any activity

Synonyms : tools

Incite

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; provoke or stir up; urge on; cause to act; give an incentive for action

Synonyms : instigate

Incredible

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adverb; not easy to believe

Synonyms : implausible, unbelievable

Indispensable

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; unavoidable; not to be dispensed with; essential; absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

Synonyms : essential

Insatiable

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; impossible to satisfy

Synonyms : unquenchable

Makeshift

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; done or made using whatever is available;

Other Meaning(s) : noun something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency

Synonyms : stopgap, improvised

Mess

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; dirty and disorderly

Synonyms : disorderliness

Meticulously

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adverb; in a neat & proper manner

Synonyms : punctiliously

Nebulous

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; lacking definition or definite content; lacking definite form or limits;

Other Meaning(s) : of or relating to or resembling a nebula

Synonyms : vague

Neural

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; of or relating to the nervous system

Other Meaning(s) : adjective; of or relating to neurons

Synonyms : nervous

Odious

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; unequivocally detestable

Synonyms : detestable, execrable

Outlandish

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Synonyms : bizarre, freakish

Relinquish

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; turn away from; give up; part with a possession or right; do without or cease to hold or adhere to

Other Meaning(s) : verb relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another; release, as from one’s grip;

Synonyms : surrender, forgo

Reveres

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; worships or respects

Synonyms : worships

Shoddy

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; of inferior workmanship and material;

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently; cheap and shoddy; noun reclaimed wool fiber

Synonyms : tawdry

Sinister

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

Other Meaning(s) : adjective; on or starting from the wearer’s left; threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;

Synonyms : malicious, dark

Spike

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; manifest a sharp increase;

Other Meaning(s) : noun sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes; a long metal nail; any holding device consisting of a sharp-pointed object; a long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal); a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall; a transient variation in voltage or current; a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline; (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis; fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn;

Synonyms : surge

Unsavory

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; adj. morally offensive; not pleasing in odor or taste

Synonyms : offensive, distasteful

Upshot

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

Synonyms : consequence

Vile

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; morally reprehensible;

Synonyms : despicable

Yearning

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

Synonyms : longing

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