Written Summation: Week 6, Digital Fluency.
Digital fluency, what is it? In a nutshell, digital fluency is having digital awareness, and technological adeptness to reliably fulfill a desired objective or outcome. Digital fluency requires a proficiency level greater than possessing the basic skills to adequately use technology (Spencer, 2015). Someone who is digitally fluent has the capability to effectively comprehend, select, appraise, assess, and fittingly interpret or translate digital information (Information fluency, 2014). Along with the capability to innovate, design content and voice one’s own impressions upon the digital world (Howell, 2012).
Why do we need it? Unless you are living under a rock, you will understand it is the way of the future. We are already witnessing digital information overtaking print as the preferred means of communication (Te Kete Ipurangi, 2016). Furthermore, digital fluency is rapidly becoming a criterion for securing employment, and is even seen as essential to contributing within society (Spencer, 2015).
Do we need to develop digital fluency? Of course we do, it is basic fundamentals that digital fluency is fostered within the school curriculum, enabling students to excel in this digital age (Te Kete Ipurangi, 2016). Having the ability to navigate and control technology is sustained by our willingness to collaborate. Fortunately, many, not all, but many students of this generation have gained some knowledge of technology, prior to participating in primary education. Howell (2012) describes these students as “technology neophytes” they are beginners, but come with a solid understanding of the basics (such as, operating a computer or using a digital camera). However, more often than not a student’s digital understanding lies with gaming, such as, Xbox, technologies of this kind are not related to formal education (Howell, 2014).
The focus is on teachers to familiarise students with technology directed at developing creativity skills and to expose students to a greater digital experience. To achieve this the educator needs a sound understanding of technology. Adults can often find themselves seeking a child’s guidance when encountering technological difficulties, but to develop digitally fluent students, educators need to stay ahead of the game or risk being left behind.
The following is a YouTube video on digital fluency, I found interesting to watch.
Click the following link for further information on digital fluency.
Andrew Ward. (2014). Digital Fluency [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFSxhj6UDdw
Howell, J (2012). Teaching with ICT. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne,Vic:Oxford.
Information Fluency. (2014). Digital information FAQ’s. Retrieved from http://21cif.com/resources/difcore/dif-faqs.htm
Spencer, K. (2015). What is Digital Fluency? Retrieved from http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html
Te Kete Ipurangi. (2016). Digital Fluency. Retrieved from http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-fluency
UAB. (2008). Digital Fluency [Image]. Retrieved from http://blogs.uab.cat/bcsdret/2016/02/29/eldretalamortdigital/