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1. Heid argues that handwriting exercises the brain and relieves stress better than typing words. It also boosts cognitive skills and lowers depression. I find the benefit of being to test higher the most supportive, as a test requires intense focus and high brain activity to complete.

2. In paragraph three " can lead to measurable physical and mental health benefits.", paragraph four " experts who study handwriting say there’s reason to believe something is lost when people abandon the pen for the keyboard.", paragraph six "Writing by hand may also improve a person’s memory for new information.", paragraph nine "which may facilitate better self-expression.", and paragraph ten "But the impersonal nature of keyboard-generated text may also, in some small way, be contributing to the observed toxicity.", his qualifications do not damage his argument because he is rounding them towards different types of audiences.

3. I can easily distinguish between Heid's own statements and his cited sources. The statement "And there’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing." is typed after he cites evidence from other sources to make the claim.

4. On a standard schedule, I take notes with paper. And I do write notes on my class readings. However, I personally use a keyboard on my own time. After switching the use of technology for class use and paper for personal use I learned how effective paper was over digital notes. When writing I felt more mentally active and I remembered more rather than a few sentences I typed on a keyboard that stayed in my mind for a few hours and became a complete blur.

Noelle Whitener

1. In “Mightier than the sword: Markham Heid on the benefits of handwriting,” Heid believes that writing longhand has many advantages, including less stress, self-expression, reading and thinking skills, and being personal. The advantage that handwriting is more personal is the most persuasive. When people handwrite notes, it is more personal than typing notes on a computer. Most people would prefer a handwritten note over an email because the person really has to take the time to write out his or her thoughts.

2. Heid uses the words “may” and “possibly” a little too much when citing studies on the benefits of handwriting. In one instance he writes, “The fact that handwriting is a slower process than typing may be another perk, at least in some contents” (para. 7). He does this in hopes that he will not show his own opinion too boldly. However, using these words over and over again is confusing. It makes it look like he is noncommittal on the subject, making his point hard to understand. But, by citing experts on the subject, his argument that handwriting is more beneficial is strengthened.

3. Most of Heid’s argument is based on the sources he cites. He does not express his own opinion enough, and most of his words are not his. He writes, “The authors of that study say writing by hand may promote “deep encoding” of new information in ways that keyboard writing does not. And other researchers have argued that writing by hand promotes learning and cognitive development in ways keyboard writing can’t match” (para. 6). Heid uses too many sources and always goes back to the source when talking about the benefits of writing longhand. The article is good, full of information, but not enough of it is Heid’s. He solely cites other people to argue his point, and his argument could be more effective if he explained himself more.

4. I take my notes on paper in class. Sometimes I write in a journal at home. I hand-write birthday cards. I only use the computer for school assignments and typing emails. I retain a lot more information while writing on paper. I think of more information more while I am writing. For me, typing on a computer takes more time and is less efficient.


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In the article “Bring Back Handwriting: It’s Good For Your Brain” the author Markham Heid argues that writing by hand has many advantages to one's mental and physical health. Over time many people have been depending on typing on the keyboard because it’s faster and more efficient. Heid wrote this article to show that handwriting is important and should not be forgotten. He had good points on how handwriting is beneficial such as lower stress, fewer depression symptoms to improve immune functions, and improve a person's memory. Handwriting is very important. It makes you feel connected to yourself or if you are writing a letter, it makes you feel connected to others.

3. It is easy to distinguish between Heid’s own statements and his other sources. He usually cites his sources to make his claim. As he wrote in the article “He says there’s also speculation that longhand note-taking can help people in certain situations form closer connections”. He cited the sources in the previous sentence. He uses many sources to inform the readers but does not give enough of his opinion in the article. His sources make his argument stronger and reliable.

4. In class I usually take notes with pen and paper. I learned that is more efficient for me and I remember more while I write it down rather than type it out. In the beginning of the school year, I used my laptop and realized I don't even look at my notes after I am done with the class. I prefer notes on pen and paper it's easier to study and memorize the information.

Eden Losycer

I have read some of the other comments on the questions regarding this blog. The responses to this blog were pretty good responding to the questions that were being asked. Here are some other questions you may want to answer if you want to read this blog in the future.

1. How well do the participants in these exchanges
summarize one another’s claims before making their own
2. How would you characterize any discussion?
3. Is there a true meeting of the minds or are writers sometimes
caricatured or treated as straw men?
4. How do these online discussions compare with the face to face discussions you have
in class?
5. What advantages does each offer?

Janine Dial

1. Some advantages Markham Heid describes are physical and mental health benefits, better memory encoding, and closer connections. Writing feelings down in a journal can help manage emotions instead of expressing emotions through text. Taking notes in class by hand is a way to process the lesson and remember it better than typing notes. When people send others handwritten letters, it is a meaningful gesture but when they send texts, it doesn’t produce the same effect because it isn’t as special.
I find the most persuasive advantage to be taking notes by hand instead of typing notes. I have personally found writing notes more beneficial to me than typing my notes on a computer. I remember what I learned when referring back to my handwritten notes, but can barely remember anything I typed on a computer.

2. -”There’s evidence that people may in some cases lose out when they abandon handwriting for keyboard-generated text.”
-”There’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing.”
-”It’s possible that these findings may not hold up among people today, many of whom grew up with computers and are more accustomed to expressing themselves via typed text.”
-”Writing by hand may also improve a person’s memory for new information.”
-”The authors of that study say writing by hand may promote ‘deep encoding’ of new information in ways that keyboard writing does not.”
-”The fact that handwriting is a slower process than typing may be another perk”
-”Slowing down and writing by hand may come with other advantages.”
-”Writing longhand allows people more time to come up with the most appropriate word, which may facilitate better self-expression.”

Heid’s qualifications do damage his overall argument because he doesn’t sound certain about the facts he’s stating. He also overuses the word “may.”

3. I can easily distinguish between Heid's statements and the cited sources. He added hyperlinks and quotes some of his sources.

4. I usually take notes in class with pen and paper. I take notes on my class readings by writing on sticky notes and then sticking them into the book. I write down things for school, such as my homework and upcoming quizzes and tests.

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