From the Boston Globe:
"Maine's program to give every middle school student a laptop computer is leading to better writing. 4real!
Despite creating a language all their own using e-mail and text messages, students are still learning standard English and their writing scores have improved on a standardized test since laptop computers were distributed, according to a new study.
And the students' writing skills improved even when they were using pen and paper, not just a computer keyboard, the study says." ...
You can read the entire article by clicking on the link above or see the raw data and study report from the University of Southern Maine by clicking here.
Perhaps handwriting really does get in the way of developing higher level writing skills.