A new Pew Research survey of thousands of American teachers finds that using digital tools to teach writing in schools is pretty good for collaboration and sharing, but it isn’t necessarily making students better writers.

The study, published on Tuesday, was conducted online and gathered responses from 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers across the United States.

The results show nearly all teachers agree that digital technologies “allow students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience.” However, a common concern remains: students have trouble adjusting to more formal writing.

After all, they’re growing up on BRB, L8R, SMH, LOL, WTF, etc. (Meanwhile, a 2009 Canadian study described the switch to Internet-speak as a “brain workout” for kids.)     

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