The Pew Research did a national study to see how digital tools impact student writing. A summary of the study reported:
"A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that
digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for
teaching writing to middle and high school students. These teachers see the internet and digital
technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’
personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging
teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the
same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the
“creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about
issues such as plagiarism and fair use."
See the link below for the full report.