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txt in skoolwrk is NBD? That will make teens : )

OMG, did u C the report about txting and skool?

No, wuz up?

Here's the 411:

A study released Thursday confirmed what teachers, parents and academics have long suspected: All that instant messaging and texting teenagers do is creeping into schoolwork. Sixty-four percent of students 12 to 17 years old have used emoticons, text shortcuts and informal language in school assignments, the survey found.

About half said they sometimes omitted proper punctuation and capitalization in schoolwork. A quarter said they had used emoticons like smiley faces — : ). About a third said they had used text shortcuts like "LOL" for "laugh out loud."

But as the teens might say, it's really NBD: no big deal.

"It's a teachable moment," said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew. "If you find that in a child's or student's writing, that's an opportunity to address the differences between formal and informal writing."

Pew Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the College Board's National Commission on Writing, conducted the study of 700 students.

As the English language evolves, some e-mail conventions may well become accepted practice, said Richard Sterling, emeritus executive director of the National Writing Project. "I think in the future, capitalization will disappear," said Sterling, who teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.

Defying conventional wisdom, the study also found that the generation born digital is shunning computer use for most assignments. About two-thirds of teens say they typically do their school writing by hand.

And for personal writing outside school, longhand is even more popular — the preferred form for nearly three-quarters of teens.

Most teenagers do not think of their e-mail messages, text messages and social network postings as "real writing," the study found.

The telephone-based survey of 700 U.S. residents 12 to 17 years old and their parents was conducted Sept. 19 to Nov. 16 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Information from the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times and Associated Press was used in this report.

>>fast facts

Other findings

• Teens who keep blogs are more likely to engage in personal writing. They also tend to believe that writing will prove crucial to their eventual success in life.

• Parents are more likely than teens to believe that Internet-based writing such as e-mail and instant messaging affects writing overall.

txt in skoolwrk is NBD? That will make teens : ) 04/24/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2008 11:50am]
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