BBC News – Children who use technology are ‘better writers’

Via the BBC news comes this report on some interesting current research into the effects positive or negative on students using web 2.0 tools. In many ways the conclusion that “the more forms of communications children use the stronger their core literary skills” would appear to be self evident. No one now seriously suggests that allowing students to use ball point or other pens to replace ink based pens didn’t enhance student’s writing capabilities despite all manner of prophecies of decline in standards at the time. It’s really a question of enablement and consideration of the best tool for the purpose that should be the major driver.

For those interested, the full report that this BBC story is based around can be found at the National Literacy Trust Site, it makes really interesting reading.

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Children who blog, text or use social networking websites are more confident about their writing skills, according to the National Literacy Trust.

A survey of 3,001 children aged nine to 16 found that 24% had their own blog and 82% sent text messages at least once a month.

In addition 73% used instant messaging services to chat online with friends.

However, 77% still put real pen to paper to write notes in class or do their school homework.

Of the children who neither blogged nor used social network sites, 47% rated their writing as “good” or “very good”, while 61% of the bloggers and 56% of the social networkers said the same.

“Our research suggests a strong correlation between kids using technology and wider patterns of reading and writing,” Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, told BBC News.

“Engagement with online technology drives their enthusiasm for writing short stories, letters, song lyrics or diaries.

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