I (Yiola) have shared a number of posts that consider the changes and loss of all that 21st century literacies bring. I have shared media clips and links to spoken word poetry on the demise of social media.
It’s funny because I myself am an avid user of new literacies; most digital, critical, social… you name it, I engage with it. Yet, I strongly feel a sense of loss in communication, social consideration, and a certain kind of creativity and thinking. Then, I came across this article:
An interesting article that reports handwriting — traditional handwriting – has benefits far surpassing penmanship. I am interested in the art of handwriting… its skill building potential… its power to foster literacy, communication and creative thinking. I am inspired. For developing my children’s language and literacy I will use iPad Apps for building phonemic awareness but I will also continue to encourage and be excited about handwriting well into their young adult years and I will encourage my student teachers to do the same. What do you think?