Week 6, Digital Fluency.
Digital Fluency is an important part of primary school learning and is a considerable influence on life long learners.
“Being digitally fluent will mean learning is a process students continue to engage in” (Howell, 2012, p. 140).
The Internet plays an integral part of day-to-day life; the Internet is the first place most people would look to find information (Howell, 2012, p. 140). As technology continues to improve, it will become even more important to be digitally fluent, as most careers and general every day activity will require digital fluency (Spencer, 2015).
Digital fluency is much more than just being digitally literate (Spencer, 2015). The difference between digital literacy and digital fluency is; being digitally literate means knowing how to use a digital tool however not know how to reach the exact outcome desired, digital fluency refers to being confident in knowing how and why the tool is used and getting the desired outcome (Briggs, 2011). For example being literate would be to know how to play chords on a guitar. To be fluent would be using a guitar with confidence to play a song.
Howell, 2012 p. 139 suggests, students should have digital fluency with many different tools by the time they complete primary school in order to have the skills needed be ready for higher education.
“Every time you are given a new tool it gives you a different way of impacting the world” (Belshaw, 2012).
21st century learners have an inbuilt advantage, as they are the first generation to grow up in a technology rich society (Mac Manus, 2013). It is our job as teachers to turn that knowledge into digital fluency that can be used to help the student become a life long learner. Mac Manus, 2013 explains his approach to learning inspires a digital mindset and the tools to be curious about the digital space, by combining online and classroom learning. Most children have interest and background knowledge in technology linking that interest and knowledge with education is the key to digital fluency (Belshaw, 2012).
Belshaw, D. (2012, March 22). The essential elements of digital literacies: Doug Belshaw at TEDXWarwick [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8yQPoTcZ78
Briggs, C. (2011, February 5). The difference between digital literacy and digital fluency. Retrieved from http://www.socialens.com/blog/2011/02/05/the-difference-between-digital-literacy-and-digital-fluency/
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Oxford University Press. Australia and New Zealand.
Mac Manus, S. (2013, August 2). Getting young people fluent in digital. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/02/young-people-fluent-digital
Spencer, K. (2015). What is Digital Fluency. Retrieved from http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html