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Cambridge Could Allow Laptops For Exams - Young People Losing Ability To Write

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#21 TranquilTrout

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:27

but isn't writing faster and more efficient than typing?


Not if you're even just somewhat proficient at typing.

 
This is true. It took them about 15 years worth of students to realize....when the first couple batches graduated....that they'd actually made a horrible mistake by emphasizing computers over written words. It was an "Oh (bleep)" moment when newly minted adults couldn't sign legal documents because they didn't know how to sign their names.


I can see that. While in Navy boot camp, I was one of the few who knew cursive so I was put in charge of teaching everyone how to write out their uppercase, cursive initials. It was an extremely painful process.
But the way it is today, all they really need to know are the letters in their own name. Teach them how to write their cursive signature and intials and that should suffice honestly.

Edited by TranquilTrout, 23 September 2017 - 10:31.


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#22 smiffy20000

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:23

Friend of mine is a CFO for a plc, he never uses any sort of pen or pencil, openly admits that he would find writing difficult.

 

Computers in meetings are the bane of my life, I was at a meeting of 12 people on thursday and ,ost of them were on laptops, they were all busy recording what was being said instead of making contributions, they were also holding up proceedings whilst they typed as fast as they could.

 

This never happened with notetaking. My sister is a lawyer in Miami and London, the law Society requires that they  keep handwritten day books for every meeting with resolutions, notes have to be taken at the same time and signed off as a true record by one other person at the meeting.



#23 TranquilTrout

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 22:45

Friend of mine is a CFO for a plc, he never uses any sort of pen or pencil, openly admits that he would find writing difficult.
 
Computers in meetings are the bane of my life, I was at a meeting of 12 people on thursday and ,ost of them were on laptops, they were all busy recording what was being said instead of making contributions, they were also holding up proceedings whilst they typed as fast as they could.
 
This never happened with notetaking. My sister is a lawyer in Miami and London, the law Society requires that they  keep handwritten day books for every meeting with resolutions, notes have to be taken at the same time and signed off as a true record by one other person at the meeting.


Why are they required to be handwritten? What's the legal benefit of that over typed copies?

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 03:42

The challenge is to prevent the students from cheating when they use their laptops/tablets.

Or to use school provided computers.

There is no easy answer but time and technology moves on, and the education system has to keep pace.

 

My solution:  Give them the option of typing their exam. . .    ON A MECHANICAL TYPEWRITER!!!   :lticaptd:



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:46

 

My solution:  Give them the option of typing their exam. . .    ON A MECHANICAL TYPEWRITER!!!   :lticaptd:

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