LOL and SMH about a new study released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the National Writing Project that shows 40 percent of teachers say digital technology is increasing students’ likelihood of using incorrect spelling or poor grammar. No surprise there.
However, the real bombshell with Pew’s study is that over 70 percent of the 2,462 advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed say digital tools such as the internet, social media, and cell phones “encourage student creativity and personal expression.”
The teachers also agree that:
• digital technologies “allow students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience” (96 percent); and
• these tools “encourage greater collaboration among students” (79 percent).
“Some teachers view social media as another avenue for creative expression,” Purcell told ABC News. “Most teachers told us they wouldn’t consider texting or tweeting as formal writing, in the strict sense, but they used the term pre-writing. Students start to express their thoughts and that means students are writing more and they see that as a plus.”
When asked to assess their students’ performance on nine specific writing skills, teachers tended to rate their students “good” or “fair” as opposed to “excellent” or “very good.”
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