Using keyboards before pencils

Swedish first-grade children in a pilot project are starting to read, learn and network socially. They’re doing this – successfully – by writing on PCs and discussing their texts with peers and teachers. With that in mind, their teacher Annika Agélii Genlott has experimented with letting first-graders learn to read by writing on a computer before learning to write by hand. The idea is that handwriting demands dexterity and motor skills that many six-year-olds lack. So writing with a pencil has been postponed until second grade. And if Genlott’s approach is right, these kids aren’t stressed by attempting to learn too many mental and motor skills at once.



About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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