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.