Published Online: April 29, 2008
Published in Print: April 30, 2008, as Writing Skills

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“Writing, Technology, and Teens”

Many teenagers communicate electronically on a regular basis, yet they generally discount the writing skills they use to compose text messages, e-mail, or postings on social-networking sites, says a report on writing and technology.

The reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which included a survey of 700 teenagers and parents, comes from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It found that most adolescents believe they will need strong writing skills after graduating, but don’t think their informal writing qualifies as such. They also claim they are not getting adequate writing instruction in school.

Vol. 27, Issue 35, Page 5

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