What? Rilly? Amaaazing–
In other words, we’re filing this in the “Why Are We Not Surprised? Department, because we know damn well that having more digital writing tools just makes us lazier writers instead of better ones.
Oh crap. We just gave away this whole article:
by Cyrus Farivar
A new Pew Research survey of thousands of American teachers finds that using digital tools to teach writing in schools is pretty good for collaboration and sharing, but it isn’t necessarily making students better writers.
The study, published on Tuesday, was conducted online and gathered responses from 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers across the United States. The results show nearly all teachers agree that digital technologies “allow students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience.”
However, a common concern remains: students have trouble adjusting to more formal writing. After all, they’re growing up on BRB, L8R, SMH, LOL, WTF, etc. (Meanwhile, a 2009 Canadian study described the switch to Internet-speak as a “brain workout” for kids.)
From the results:
- 68 percent say that digital tools make students more likely—as opposed to less likely or having no impact—to take shortcuts and not put effort into their writing
- 46 percent say these tools make students more likely to “write too fast and be careless”
- Yet, while 40 percent say today’s digital technologies make students more likely to “use poor spelling and grammar” another 38 percent say they make students LESS likely to do this
Interestingly, teachers are now doing more than imparting proper citation skills and warning their students about the dangers of plagiarism. A total of 75 percent of teachers, across all subjects, spend class time “discussing with students the concepts of fair use and copyright.”
Finally, 94 percent of the teachers surveyed say that they encourage students “to do at least some writing by hand.” From the study: