Excellent article from the BBC: “Children who use technology are ‘better writers’.”
“Ha!,” I say to all the anti-tech-elitists who said that tech rots children’s brains and prevents them from writing well.
Results from this survey done by the National Literacy Trust in the UK:
- 24% of kids had their own blog
- 82% of kids sent text messages once a month or more
- 73% used IM
- 77% used paper/pen for class notes or homework still
Self-rated Writing Skills
- Kids who didn’t blog or use social networks, and self-rated their writing as “good” or “very good” – 47%
- Kids who do blog and self-rated their writing as “good” or very good” – 61%
- Kids who do use social networks and self-rated their writing as “good” or very good” – 56%
Kids feel they write better the more communication tools they use. Do they actually write better? This organization says yes. I have seen no surveys or studies to the contrary, and logic says to me that if you write more (no matter what you write) you will likely write better. Just as if you read more (be it non-fiction or graphic novels) you will likely read better too.