Bad news for teens and tweens! A new Pew Research survey of teachers around the country found that today's digital technologies like the internet, texting and social networks make middle school and high school students likely to perform a number of academic atrocities, including using informal language in formal papers and plagiarizing. Students also have trouble reading long texts and forming complex arguments. So basically, everything everyone suspected is turning out to be true.
But it's not all bad news. Live tweeting Teen Wolf and texting during third period isn't going to teach anyone to think critically about texts, but the new digital outlets are, according to the survey, "facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often." And that's good. Your unlimited texting plan is still kind of an investment in your future. The survey found that:
- 96% agree (including 52% who strongly agree) that digital technologies “allow students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience”
- 79% agree (23% strongly agree) that these tools “encourage greater collaboration among students”
- 78% agree (26% strongly agree) that digital technologies “encourage student creativity and personal expression”