Today, the vocabulary of young students includes words like blog, hashtag, and QR code. Elementary students learn the fundamentals of typing in class and often know how to operate computers and tablets by the time they start school. Distance learners and traditionally schooled students alike are learning to connect with students across the globe via video chat systems. But how many of these tech-savvy students can read and write cursive?
Fewer than ever before, studies show. As technology continues to advance, the value placed on penmanship declines. Yet the handwritten word appears to play an important role in literacy.