How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

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A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age…

Presents results of a recent Pew Internet study that surveyed school teachers about students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies.

“Some 77% of advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed say that the internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work. But 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.”

The study concludes: “the internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, yet students’ digital literacy skills have yet to catch up”.

I think teacher librarians could leverage the results of this study to argue the important contribution the school library program and TL can make to a whole school digital literacy initiative.

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One response to “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

  1. Sad to hear that most surveyed thought that ‘digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.” However with such a technological boom that happened so quick it is felt we education professionals we are playing catch up. I agree that there is huge potential for Teacher Librarians in preparing students to thrive in the 21st Century. I feel its quite an exciting time for educators.I wonder how long this technological boom will go on for?
    Ta, Mia

    http://miabryte.edublogs.org

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