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Cursive! Foiled Again

Posted by on Mar. 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM
BJ
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Cursive! Foiled Again

Years ago my granny complained that I didn't know how to use a fountain pen or milk a cow. I never learned to use a slide rule, either. I did learn to type on a manual typewriter with a blank keyboard. Things change. I don't know how to send text messages, though I do finally own a cellphone. My kids all are whizzes at it.

The quote above was written in 2007. I can text now, awkwardly.

Yesterday at the Apple store, getting a battery replaced in Holly's MacBook, the guy handed me a charge-card reader and said "Sign with your finger." Luckily, I've been playing Draw Something all week, and have been writing with my finger on an iPad, so I just did it. No stylus, but "sign with your finger."

SandraDodd.com/cursive
photo by Sandra Dodd



When this first went out, it said "without a blank keyboard." I had fumbled the phrase when I first wrote it, and I fixed it on the webpage, but had pasted the original here. I guess I started to write "without the letters on the keys." In summer school, when I was fourteen, I took a typing class and got to 42 words per minute. I'm faster now, but can still type in the dark, without looking at what's on the keys. My current keyboard has the letters a, s and e worn through. They light up from below, at night. Others notice and ask how I can type, but I don't look at the keyboard.

So because of that, I worry about people who aren't "touch typists"—how can they type? Well, turns out they can type on miniature keyboards, with thumbs or index fingers; they can type from phone-number pads; they can type on flat screen pictures of keyboards, just as well as they can on "a real keyboard." My prediction of what they "need" to know how to do is as antiquated as my granny's was of me.
 
http://justaddlightandstir.blogspot.com/2012/03/cursive-foiled-again.html

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mem82
by Platinum Member on Mar. 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Too funny!

I can do both. Type without looking and type with my thumbs.

oredeb
by debbie on Mar. 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

 i can do it without looking! ive not tried to type with my thumbs! is that how you text? i always use my finger!ahhahahahaa i bet thumbs would be much easier!

Boobah
by Nikki :) on Mar. 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM
My mom can type with her thumbs on those number pad style phones faster than I can on my smart phone with touch keypad. I cannot do it. Lol! She doesn't even look! Haha!

I can type super fast on the reg computer, obviously not looking, and on my iPad "keypad" as well, not looking. But on the iPad I use two fingers, on the computer, my whole hands.


Quoting oredeb:

 i can do it without looking! ive not tried to type with my thumbs! is that how you text? i always use my finger!ahhahahahaa i bet thumbs would be much easier!

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Boobah
by Nikki :) on Mar. 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM
I have to say, I didn't really follow that article. Lol! What did it have to do with cursive?
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Saraho5
by on Mar. 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM
I can type fast with my thumbs on the iPhone. I can type w/o looking on a regular keyboard, but I can not type on the iPad! It takes me forever!
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usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

 The tittle was a play on words, it used Cursive in place of Curses. The article was about how we don't know the things our kids will need to know because everything changes from one generation to the next!

Quoting Boobah:

I have to say, I didn't really follow that article. Lol! What did it have to do with cursive?

 

Boobah
by Nikki :) on Mar. 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM
Okay, I read it again without kids climbing on me and followed better. Lol! And I agree, things are so different from generation to generation, we just adapt, learn, and move on :)

Quoting usmom3:

 The tittle was a play on words, it used Cursive in place of Curses. The article was about how we don't know the things our kids will need to know because everything changes from one generation to the next!


Quoting Boobah:

I have to say, I didn't really follow that article. Lol! What did it have to do with cursive?

 

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duttonwood
by on Mar. 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I can do that!!!!  Thanks for sharing

awilliams77
by on Mar. 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Haha. I txt with my thumbs on my slideout keyboard smartphone, and touch type on a computer. We never taught our kids cursive and the only time they've potentially needed it was to sign for something, like a learner's permit.
bether89
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

 I can not type with my thumbs.  I am teaching my son cursive this year.

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