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will there come a time when students don't use pencils?

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I have admitted before that I love pen and paper.  I have also chased a good pen that converts to digital and has played with a number of them. When the iPhone was first released, Steve Jobs said, “you don’t need a stylus,” and for the most part, I agree with that. But when you are doing a, for my software architectural drawing on an iPad, honestly, the finger doesn’t work. So the Apple Pencil was born. Now the Microsoft world has also answered that, including a system with most windows PC’s that have touch screens for a long time.

The new thing in this space is the growing reality of multi-purpose devices. The Microsoft Surface PCs have pens, the Apple Ipads have pencils, and those are locked to the platform. But some of the new ones can be used on multiple platforms. Some are also pens so that you can still use them with paper. I have a couple that people have given me over the past few months.

That did get me thinking about the good old days and pencils. Do you remember having a stack of new crayons at the start of school? That first day, with 3 or 5 new pencils?

The reason is that came up is that kids don’t have the same experience. Kids still use crayons in the early grades, but even that is fading. The iPad and Android tablets have changed the interaction of kids. The cool thing is you can carry an entire library with you (Kindle, or Nook). You have a device that allows you to interact with the world outside the classroom. In the case of schools, they would need to have the cellular data shut off. That is easily accomplished. The teacher has a 4g signal receiver at their desk. When they shut off their phone, that sensor should also shut off. If it doesn’t, then one of the students has a data connection via cellular.

The reason for that is the safety of the kids, not to be draconian.

It does, however, make me wonder when will children no longer know how to sharpen a pencil?

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  • Question of

    do you remember number 2 pencils?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Do you think they will still use pencils in 20 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Or do you think tablets will replace pencils.

    • Yes
    • No


What do you think?

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  1. I did not vote because I really do not want to see pens and pencils disappear. I still use them to this day to write post notes everywhere. I also often start my own posts in writing just for the pleasure of using a pen instead of my fingers or a keyboard… But one pen I never use is a felt or gliding pen. I hate the feeling of those. I enjoy a good old fashioned ink pen…

  2. Not sure if children will still use pencils in 20years, but if they train in classical art you have to use a pencil, from HB to B , 2B, and upwards,,there is an art of drawing that was taught by classical art schools for centuries.

    Put it this way, anyone can do this modern art but not just anyone can master fine classical art, it has to be learnt and taught properly. Most modern art schools are not teaching it, but Warwick and I teach classical art.

        • i agree to a level, i can draw to a very basic level. but beyond that, it requires an understanding of what could be there and how things work.

          I see software architecture drawings in my head. I can very quickly draw them on a whiteboard and share them.

          i can’t draw the shadows striking wine glass as you can.

          ALl of us can do basic drawing I agree. but the artist see more than what is there!

    Yes (4 votes) – 100%
    Yes (2 votes) – 50%
    No (2 votes) – 50%
    Yes (3 votes) – 75%
    No (1 votes) – 25%

  4. Hey! If I had a huge pencil I would write it everywhere! My brother made it through heart surgery. He has all new valves and he’s off the machines. We have a long way to go but I will celebrate tonight.

    I will always keep a pencil and paper around even if I am the only one who uses it.


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