Technology drives literacy, Atwood says

Katie Morhen, 12 Dec 2011 10:02

The advancement of technology is improving children’s literacy as it is vital for them to be able to read and write to use the internet, renowned novelist Margaret Atwood believes.

During a recent speech in Toronto as part of nextMedia, the author used Twitter as an example of why technology is driving better literacy among young people, CBC News reported.

Comparing it to telegrams or smoke signals, Atwood explained the platform was used by a lot of dedicated readers.

She said: “I would say that reading, as such, has increased.

“People have to actually be able to read and write to use the internet, so it’s a great literacy driver if kids are given the tools and the incentive to learn the skills that allow them to access it,” the news provider quoted.

The writer further highlighted how creative people are using Twitter to change the face of prose, with one man writing 140-character micro short stories.

Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939 and has more than fifty volumes of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature under her belt, as well as a host of awards, including the 2005’s Chicago Tribune literary prize.

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