Social media producing freer but sloppier young writers

New research from Pew indicates that students’ creativity and personal expression are enriched due to digital technologies, but basic skills are declining.

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So, clearly, the effect has not always been positive, but here’s a bit of encouraging news.

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the National Writing Project have released the results of a study that shows 78 percent of high school teachers agree that digital technologies “encourage student creativity and personal expression.”

Half the teachers surveyed say the Internet and digital tools are making it easier for them to teach writing; only 18 percent say they make their efforts harder. The vast majority—94 percent—encourage their students to handwrite their work.

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