“The pen is mightier than the sword”, or in this case, pen and paper is mightier than stylus and tablet.
A recent study involving university students and recent graduates showed that writing on actual paper led to more brain activity when recalling information. Volunteers who wrote on paper showed more brain activity in the areas responsible for language, imaginary visualization and memory. In addition, these volunteers completed their recall test faster than tablet users and smartphone users. This effect may be even more pronounced in younger students, according to the researchers, because “high school students’ brains are still developing and are so much more sensitive than adult brains”.
Visual skills are an important building block for writing and for copying from the board/printed material. If your child struggles with those activities, a thorough visual skills evaluation is recommended.