Recent Studies Tie Handwriting Literacy to Creative Thinking
KFAR SABA, Israel - March 27th, 2012 - N-trig providers of the DuoSense® pen and multi-touch user interface, today announced that it is working together with Birth2Work CEO Elane V. Scott, to raise awareness about the importance of user interaction in early education tablet computing. Ms. V. Scott and N-trig will work to increase understanding about the issues and opportunities that confront schools, teachers and students as they seek to integrate these devices into early learning curriculums.
Schools are increasingly using mobile computing devices like tablets and slates as educational tools in their curriculums. These devices, however, typically offer a passive computing experience – whereas recent scientific evidence shows that active use of the hands plays an important role in early learning and brain development. For example, an Indiana University study revealed that neural activity in the brain was far more enhanced and “adult-like” in children who practiced writing letters with full hand engagement than those who simply looked at them.
“As we have believed for decades and is now being proven, the hand, when used for writing or other creative tasks, drives whole brain development and encourages dynamic, proactive engagement and true learning,” said Ms. Scott. “N-trig’s DuoSense solution allows the child to use his/her fingers and hand to manipulate the pen in a variety of ways, actually affecting the brain and stirring a broad connection of synapses due to the relationship between the hand, eye and arm.”
N-trig’s DuoSense combined pen and multi-touch solution enables both creative work and interactive play in a mobile computing environment. The intuitive, easy-to-use pen expands the horizon of mobile computing for a truly Hands-on® experience, allowing students to draw and sketch, take notes with handwriting recognition, and do homework directly on their e-textbooks.
“Studies have shown that young children should be encouraged to use their hands as a tool for self-expression,” said Rick Seger, president of N-trig. “By empowering children to write, draw, scribble and paint directly onto their school tablets, solutions such as DuoSense help to convert the education experience from mere content consumption to real creativity, and productivity.”
DuoSense supports all Windows and Android-based tablets and convertibles, and will be compatible with the Windows 8 operating system.
About Elane V. Scott
Elane V. Scott has focused on the importance of early child brain development since 1979. She is founder of the nonprofit Birth2Work. Recognized as an integrator of information and research on parenting and education issues, she has taught in the classroom, written numerous articles, is a regular speaker and has contributed to the national debate on education and future workforce.
N-trig DuoSense® offers a complete solution to the ever-increasing demand for productivity on the move, utilizing pen capabilities for greater levels of interactive creativity, and advancing basic touch consumption to a much greater potential for simultaneous input, for a true Hands-on computing experience. Supporting various Windows, Linux and Android distributions, DuoSense can be implemented across a wide variety of form factors, including slates, netbooks, tablets and desktop replacements, supports all LCDs and a wide variety of industrial design options for mobile products, and keeps devices slim and light. N-trig has offices in Israel, the US, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, please visit www.n-trig.com.