[Humanist] 31.274 pens, pencils, styli?
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 274.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:53:55 +0200
From: "Charles M. Ess" <c.m.ess at media.uio.no>
Subject: pens, pencils, styli?
It has gradually come to my lagging attention that pens, pencils, and/or
styli seem to be making a bit of comeback?
Roughly: Microsoft introduced a Surface Pen in 2012, which interacts
with various capabilities in the 8.1 and the most recent 10 OS; Apple
introduced its Pencil for the iPad in 2015 - one that works with
Microsoft apps as well as Adobe and others; Microsoft; and Lenovo offers
a pen technology (either in Android or Windows OS) with one of its
recent devices -
(Thanks to Rich Ling for the last tip.)
I'm also aware of a growing body of research on handwriting vis-a-vis
keyboarding that appears to show that engaging the body via hand and
pen, in contrast with solely using a keyboard, entails greater brain
activity and thereby greater cognitive benefits, including greater
ability to discern and articulate complex conceptual relationships,
along with greater recall.
(E.g.: A. van der Meer, F.R. van der Weel, Only Three Fingers Write, but
the Whole Brain Works: A High-Density EEG Study Showing Advantages of
Drawing Over Typing for Learning.
Front. Psychol., 09 May 2017. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00706)
My resulting questions:
1) are you aware of any additional research along these lines, i.e.,
attending to the affordances and potentials of both handwriting and
keyboarding vis-a-vis cognitive benefits - especially with a view
towards pedagogy, i.e., how we should teach writing, most especially
writing for research and publication?
2) Any ideas of what research and/or other interests, etc. might have
led Apple, Microsoft, and Lenovo to re-introduce pens and styli - apart
from the death of Steve Jobs, who notoriously hated these? (I mean this
Please reply off-list. I'll happily compile a bibliography and resource
list for distribution to the list in turn.
Many thanks in advance,
- charles ess
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo
Editor, The Journal of Media Innovations
c.m.ess at media.uio.no
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