Is handwriting still important?

As our schools move ever so closer toward total technology are we actually handicapping students? Recent research suggests handwriting is critical for a child’s educational development.  Children learn to read more quickly when they learn to write by hand and can generate ideas and retain information better.  The cognitive processing involved in writing by hand is important for learning even through college.  Real world classroom laboratories indicate taking notes by hand allows one to process a lecture more effectively and reframe it’s contents. Maybe the shift toward iPads, tablets and notebook computers for our kids in the classroom could have some drawbacks we’ve not anticipated.