Despite the advancement of educational methods and their increasing dependence on technology in the last decade, the traditional way of transcribing information through handwriting helps to remember information better and contributes to raising children's IQ levels better than writing on a computer or electronic board.

These results came in the latest study on educational methods by scientists from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and published in October of this year in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Manual teaching

The Norwegian study recommended that there should be a minimum of handwriting in the global recommendations for educational methods, especially with the digital transformation in many countries of the world.

The study acquires special importance when we know that Norway is one of the best countries in the world in education and one of the most dependent on education on the Internet among European societies.

In both studies, an EEG device was used to measure brain wave activity. It is known that the brain emits what can be thought of as impulses when it is active and is communicated by nerve cells.

In order to create an EEG, the participant wears something similar to a hood over the head with 250 electrodes that act like sensitive sensors, and these impulses are recorded from the brain, and the duration of each test is 45 minutes. The researchers received 500 points of brain wave data according to specific questions and surveys that the participants answered.

Brain activity

These data indicated an improvement in brain activity if answered by handwriting and that activity was better than using a computer keyboard. This activity was noticeable in children and youth alike, as the writing by pen and paper stimulates the brain to remember, because the brain performs a sensory and motor activity (sensorimotor) at the same time by seeing the written letters and hearing the impact of the pen on the paper and pressing the fingers on the pen.

The researchers pointed out that the results of the experiment and previous experiments also confirm the importance of children starting to use paper and pen to write in the early years of their lives, even if that means just drawings to train the brain and qualify it to work more actively instead of touching different screens, whether smart phones or electronic tablets in particular. Kids and teens really spend a lot of time in front of screens. Thus, writing or drawing is a kind of balance between negative performance in front of screens and positive motor activity.

In the end, the researchers confirmed that handwriting forms each letter separately in its different shape, unlike electronic writing that uses the same movement every time. Therefore, actual writing needs greater control over fine motor abilities, which puts the brain in a state of learning and whenever the brain was stimulated more, this increased its capacity, and that the machine, regardless of its development, is not a substitute for actual experience and basic skills.