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Digital technology is making students more creative, but OMG are they sloppy

The Internet, social media and texting are clearly leaving a mark on students' writing ability. And it’s not all bad.

According to recent study by the Pew Research Center, 78 percent of writing teachers surveyed said technology encouraged their middle and high school students to be more creative and include more personal expression in their writing. It also made them more likely to collaborate with other students and reach a wider audience with their writing. 

On top of that, about two-thirds of English and Language Arts teachers said that digital technology made it easier for them to teach writing. 

But the news is not all rosy. The teachers also said they're seeing more casual grammar and language show up in their formal writing assignments. Also, students are more likely to take shortcuts with their writing and be more careless. 

Plagiarism was also a concern, with 30 percent of teachers rating their students as "poor" when it came to issues of fair use and copyright, and the majority rated their students as "fair" or "poor" with regard to proper citation. 

Pew surveyed 2,462 advanced placement and National Writing Project teachers. The survey was conducted between March and April of last year. It was released last month