Digital Fluency

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Digital fluency describes how proficient and capable one is with digital technologies and digital systems. It also encompasses digital literacy that includes being able to read, create, evaluate and applying appropriate technical skills (Spencer, 2015). Traditionally the curriculum was centred on content and pedagogy, however this is no longer sufficient and in our digital world there is an added technological dimension for accessing information and for communication (Spencer, 2015). There are a host of skills that need to be mastered in order to maximise digital technologies for learning, these can include but are not limited to: proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher, be experienced in blogging and wikis and this list continues (Howell, 2012). These skills become part of digital fluency, using ones digital proficiency and digital literacy will produce digital fluency (Spencer, 2015).

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Teachers must be mindful of these skills and abilities that need to be achieved in order for students to have digital fluency throughout their schooling and home life (Howell, 2012). Digital fluency is vital for students especially as they progress through to the secondary years, primary teachers must build the foundations of such skills in order for students to cope in the later years (Howell, 2012). Teachers must focus on preparing students to become life long learners and digital fluency is vital to achieving this and being digitally fluent will mean that learning is a process that students can continue to engage with (Howell, 2012). There are a number of ways teachers can build digital fluency within their classroom. Teachers can flip their lessons encouraging students to take ownership of their learning, they could create scaffolded challenges or empower student to share and own their opinions and ideas (Holland, 2013). Digital fluency is a vital tool in our digital world and it is vital that throughout primary school students acquire skills to become digitally fluent.

References:

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT. South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Spencer, K. (2015). What is digital fluency? Retrieved from

http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html      

Holland, B. (2013). Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Leaners. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-tech-fluency-digital-learners-beth-holland

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