OMG! Survey, like, says digital-savvy students are good at writing!

Jul 16, 2013 by

The findings show only half the students can write!

Despite popular perceptions that digital technologies are ruining writing skills, a Pew survey of teachers finds some advantages.

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Despite popular perceptions that the onslaught of texting, tweeting and other digital technologies is ruining students writing skills, a national survey of teachers released Tuesday found such advantages as greater creativity, personal expression and increased collaboration.

Teachers gave more than half their students grades of good to excellent for effectively organizing writing assignments, considering multiple viewpoints, synthesizing content from multiple sources, using appropriate style and tone, and constructing strong arguments in the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.


But some teachers also worried about “creeping informality” in student writing. And they said more than two-thirds of their students had fair or poor abilities to digest long and complicated texts and understand plagiarism issues.

“The survey results challenge in some ways the idea that student writing is being undermined by increasing engagement with digital tools,” said Kristen Purcell, the Pew project’s associate director for research.

Those findings reflect the experiences of some Los Angeles teachers. Lisa Alva Wood, a Roosevelt High School English teacher who used iPads in her classroom this past year as part of an L.A. Unified test program, said the devices were a hit with students. She said they promoted a deeper interest in writing because students could see their works published in such online forums as http://www.figment.com.

“The kids were fascinated and excited about all the ways they could publish online and see their work and the work of others,” Alva said.

via OMG! Survey, like, says digital-savvy students are good at writing! – latimes.com.

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