Maine's pioneering program to give every middle school student a laptop computer is leading to better writing, according to a new study.

Despite creating a language all their own using eMail and text messages, students are still learning standard English, and their writing scores have improved on a standardized test since laptop computers were distributed, the study says.

Moreover, the students' writing skills improved even when they were using pen and paper, not just a computer keyboard.

"If you concentrate on whether laptops are helping kids achieve 21st-century skills, this demonstrates that it's happening in writing," said David Silvernail, director of the Maine...

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