I came across Mind/Shift's on How do tech tools affect the way student's write? I suggest reading it if you have time. It provides the positives and negatives of tech tools' impact on writing. I want to highlight a few points that I found interesting.
The 2,462 educators surveyed, who were either Advanced Placement teachers or National Writing Project teachers, largely agreed that technology positively impacts students with their writing, personal expression, and creativity, and facilitates collaboration. The ability to share work with a wider audience beyond the classroom is particularly engaging, with 96 percent of teachers responding that digital technologies make it more possible.
What’s more, many teachers felt students don’t have a good understanding of fair use and copyright laws, and don’t digest complicated texts well. In both categories, more than two-thirds of teachers rated their students “fair” or “poor.” Students have difficulty discerning the original source of online content and citing it properly.
I feel that the challenge for a teacher is to determine the right mix of analog vs. digital writing opportunities during the school year. In regards to my 1st graders, I still feel it is important for them to understand the essentials of forming letters, spacing words and incorporating punctuation effectively. However, I do see that tech tools serve as a powerful tool for students to become digitally literate. It boils down to the choice that the teacher makes in regards to using the tech tool as a "tool" or as a means of enriching the learning experience.
"How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write?". Mind/Shift. Katrina Schwartz, 16 July 2013. Web. 17 July 2013.