Lets face it, kids don't write letters anymore. In my experience, most adults don't either. The last letter I wrote was a few years ago, when I mailed a USB flash drive to a friend (before the days of Google Drive's unlimited file storage for education). I only included the letter as a joke. The letter was written like a Civil War era love letter. Something along the lines of
So when kids practice writing by creating formal letters, its easy to see how this does not make much of a personal connection with a lot of students. What is the purpose of writing something that only the teacher (or a very limited audience) will actually see?
Article Preview"...half the teachers (surveyed) ... said that digital tools made it easier for students to write and that when using digital tools, students were more engaged and motivated to write."
You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.