I’m thinking a lot right now about the potential implications of the iPad program on student learning at our school. How will it change our classes if students no longer take notes by hand anymore? Will this help some people take better notes? Will it hurt other students? I don’t yet know the answer to this question, and I welcome your feedback and your ideas, either in the comments section here or via email.
On that same front, there’s a lot of debate about the utility of teaching handwriting, especially cursive. While I love using my cursive handwriting, I admit that I don’t always use it when I’m in a hurry or taking notes, and there’s some question about the utility of requiring students to learn this difficult form of handwriting when our communication is increasingly limited to typing on computers or tapping on smartphones. An article in this week’s New York Times reflects on this: find the article here and the comments here, and let me know what you think!