By Brenda Bethman
Last week, George Williams at ProfHacker “confessed” that he dislikes electronic grading, preferring to grade by hand. A lively discussion ensued in the comments, with folks weighing in on the pros and cons of grading electronically or by hand. At one point, George tried to redirect the comments towards discussing other ways folks used analog over the digital, but for the most part the discussion stayed focused on grading.
I find the question fascinating, though, and thus decided to shamelessly borrow it for our open thread this week as I’m curious to know what things our readers do by hand instead of digitally. For me, it’s three main things: grading, to-do lists, and newspapers. As I mentioned in the comments, I never warmed up to electronic grading (why, I’m not sure), much preferring to scrawl my comments across paper. Similarly, despite having tried (and abandoned) any number to to-do apps, I always end up coming back to this:
as I seem to find it both easier to keep my to-do list by hand and more satisfying (something about crossing things out with a pen versus a digital checkbox makes me feel as I’ve accomplished something).
Finally, I still have a hard copy of the local paper delivered five days per week — and the New York Times on Sundays. I could read both on my iPad, but I dislike the apps for both and again, for me, there’s something about having the paper around that I like. Breakfast without the paper just feels wrong. Maybe I’m just old?
So readers, tell us, what digital ways have you tried and abandoned? What are your analog confessions? Let us know in the comments!