Friday, August 20, 2010

Technology and New Literacy

With the school year almost upon us - it seemed like a good time to revisit this article from, "Clive Thompson on the New Literacy", that talks about a study from Stanford University that focuses on students and their writing abilities. The study analyzed over 14, 000 writing samples from college students. These samples were anything from essays to blog posts to emails.

According to Andrea Lunsford, who organized the study:

"I think we're in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven't seen since Greek civilization."

She feels that technology is hurting the writing ability of students - but instead it is having the opposite effect.

To check out the findings of the study, visit the Stanford Study of Writing.

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