by David B. Capes
Almost everyone these days shows up to class with a computer. I’m not sure exactly what people do on them because I only see the back side. They could be checking their email or posting on Facebook or, please God, they may be taking notes or keeping up with the class PowerPoint.
There is some new research which has come out which says that the act of writing is better than typing on a computer or other digital device when it comes to learning and retaining information. Why? First because writing engages a different part of your brain, a part more suited to memory and learning. Second, writing forces you to process information in a different way. In other words, it forces you to think more about what you are doing. People can type and be nearly oblivious to what they are typing. Third, research…
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