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This past week, I was able to cap off a summer whirlwind of PD at CMU’s Biological Station, facilitating what we are calling our first Beaver Island Institute. The six-day event brought together middle school science and ELA teachers for an opportunity to engage in scientific inquiry, explore
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More thoughts on the handwriting vs. typing debate...
2016 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy In less than two weeks, I head to Rhode Island for the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy. One main item on my agenda is to lead a "Digital Deliberation" session on "typing vs. handwriting." So far, I've shared some initial thoughts on the debate, as
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Thanks, Seán, for your insightful post and I am glad to connect with you again (virtually)! I'm preparing a session about handwriting vs keyboarding of a "digital deliberation" session during a professional development event later this month.

Along with the many great links and arguments that you have shared here, have you run across any specific curricular requirements that dictate handwriting over keyboarding (or vice versa)? For instance, in the Common Core, there are targets such as this for the 6th grade ELA: "demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting."

Have you discovered any patterns in curriculum, assessments, or other types of educational materials beyond mainstream media reports and the peer-reviewed journals?

Again, thanks -- great summary and analysis of the argument!
Image: jomurpheyblogspot.com Have you ever sat in the proximity of someone writing who can touch-type? They sit nonchalantly in front of the screen, their fingers dancing over the keys; meanwhile I sit hunched over the keyboa...
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Thanks +Seán McHugh for more great resources!
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Hello Summer Institute in Digital Literacy Colleagues!

In short, I am a professor of literacy and technology at Central Michigan University and Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project. Here is my welcome video... looking forward to seeing you in just about a month!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNmvY_En5XA
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Some final thoughts on handwriting, typing, and fluency before heading to Rhode Island.
2016 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy Today, I head to Rhode Island for the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, and next Thursday I lead a "Digital Deliberation" session on "typing vs. handwriting." In my first post for this series, I shared an overview of the debate. Then, in the second
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Later this month, I will help facilitate the fourth annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, at URI. As I noted in my last post, I will be leading a “Digital Deliberation” session on “typing vs. handwriting,” and in this post I want to build on Seán McHugh’s ideas about the practicality of teaching touch typing to a look at some of the websites and curricular options for these two options.

In short, I want to look at the evidence and rhetorical appeals each type of curriculum/website makes, and to match those claims up with some of the evidence that McHugh’s had shared. He concluded that “So to summarise: that’s handwriting at 22 WPM, hunt & peck at 27 WPM (about the same) and between 50-120 WPM for touch-typists,” making the point that the mechanical act of writing (whether by hand or by typing) is a proxy for the types of fluency that a writer can and should have. So, to start this curricular conversation, let’s begin with the one that dominates the conversation in the US right now: The Common Core ELA Standards.
2016 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy Later this month, I will help facilitate the fourth annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, at URI. As I noted in my last post, I will be leading a "Digital Deliberation" session on "typing vs. handwriting," and in this post I want to build
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Thanks +Sue Luft for your response earlier in July... it's amazing how fast the summer goes. I look forward to meeting you next week and hearing your thoughts on this digital deliberation, too!
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Stating it just as well -- and, honestly, much better -- than I ever could, my colleague +Seán McHugh has crafted a beautiful deconstruction of the typing vs. handwriting argument. He notes that:

"This may come as a surprise to many, but typing faster is not the primary objective of learning to touch-type; rather it is a desired side effect. Once you are able to type with all ten fingers without needing to look down at the keyboard, your overall productivity when using a computer will improve dramatically."

He goes on to describe the research results and why teaching touch typing -- as a practice that supports good writing habits, thus building better writers -- is so important.

Read more, and then prepare to enter the debate yourself during our "digital deliberations" during our Thursday morning session!

https://doverdlc.blogspot.com/2016/04/typing-vs-writing.html 
Image: jomurpheyblogspot.com Have you ever sat in the proximity of someone writing who can touch-type? They sit nonchalantly in front of the screen, their fingers dancing over the keys; meanwhile I sit hunched over the keyboa...
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