As described by Jennifer Howell, Digital Fluency is the ability to use technology in a confident manner. (Howell, 2012).
Digital fluency is a crucial part of using technology and is a skill that is being promoted at the earliest stage of education. Technology has been changing the way people learn and interact for thousands of years. Many researchers argue that major innovations adopted by society have an effect on the structure of the human brain. There is little doubt that the Internet has changed the way people find information and the way they communicate. Changes to the way that students learn, and probably what they learn, need to follow (White, 2013).
What skills do we need to actively participate in the digital world?
- Educators should have good analytical and problem solving skills.
- Skills for inquiry-based and play-based are also favourable in an ideal learning environment (Howell, 2012)
The Australian School Literacy Program (ALSA), recognises that technology is always evolving. It states that previously required skills such as reading or basic computer skills is not enough. In today’s world, society expects individuals to evaluate and apply information. This may be done by constantly re-evaluating and updating our skills through new experiences (D Lee, 2013). When looking at society’s expectation of a digitally fluent citizen, we see that these individuals must be lifelong learners. Individuals should be capable of finding the necessary new tools and resources to aid in any task (Shauna Niessen, 2013).
I have learnt through the text that teachers develop digitally fluent students by twisting up lessons, create scaffolded challenges and also empower student leaders. Instead of handing out step by step instructions, ask students to independently gain their knowledge and take control of their learning experiences. This enables students to innovate and discover how something works (J Howell, 2012 p. 137).
D Lee,2013. Digital Fluency. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/dlee85/digital-fluency-21316995
Shuana Niessen 2012. What is digital fluency. Retrieved from http://www.shuananiessen.ca/what-is-digital-fluency/
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Melbourne, Victoria; Australia. Oxford University Press.
Dr G White, 2013. Digital Fluency for the Digital Age. Retrieved from https://rd.acer.edu.au/article/digital-fluency-for-the-digital-age#digital-fluency