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Pew data on technology & student writing

August 13, 2013

Pew chartA survey of middle and high school teachers finds that digital technology impacts student writing in many ways. 78% of the 2,462 teachers surveyed by the Pew Research Center say digital tools “encourage student creativity and personal expression.” Teachers surveyed for The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing Overview (July 2013) believe that exposure to a broader audience and more feedback from peers encourages student investment in the writing process. Despite some challenges, 50% of teachers across all subjects say the internet and digital tools make it easier for them to teach writing (chart at right).

In terms of student writing skills, most teachers rated them  “good” or “fair” (not “excellent” or “very good”). Students are able to organize and structure their writing, and they don’t seem to have a problem dealing with multiple viewpoints. They don’t do as well at handling copyright issues and working with long or complicated texts.

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