English teacher Jennifer Woollven still finds some Twitter speak in her pupils’ papers such as “ur” and “FWIW”, which stand for “your” and “for what it’s worth”. However, she noticed that her students are putting more effort into writing papers, especially if they know their work will be shared on social media sites.
“As an English teacher who is trying to improve student writing, one thing I see is that people are seeing greater ownership of their writing when they know it will be seen beyond the class and the teacher,” said Woollven.
Moreover, most of her tenth grade pupils post their writings such as essays, poems and other creative pieces on blogs.
Interestingly, a recently released study by the Pew Research Center revealed that more than three quarters (78 per cent) of high school teachers believe that social media has boosted student creativity and writing capability.
In addition, 96 per cent of the respondents concur that these sites enable students to share their written works with a wider audience.
38-year-old Joel Malley also saw the same thing in his English classes with ninth and twelfth graders in Cheektowaga High School in upstate New York.
Malley said that his pupils’ storytelling projects, which comprise blog posts and documentary videos, foster creativity because the students know that their work will not just sit idly in a closet but instead will be read by many people.
Likewise, middle and high school teachers who took part in the study noted that social media increased their students’ creativity, added Kristen Purcell, Research Director at Pew’s Internet and American Life Project.
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