Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

Jul 16, 2013

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

Some 78% of the 2,462 advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project say digital tools such as the internet, social media, and cell phones “encourage student creativity and personal expression.” In addition:

  • 96% agree digital technologies “allow students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience” 
  • 79% agree that these tools “encourage greater collaboration among students"

According to teachers, students’ exposure to a broader audience for their work and more feedback from peers encourages greater student investment in what they write and in the writing process as a whole.

Read the full report on the Pew Internet and American Life Project website.

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