Digital fluency is a person’s capability of using digital technologies they may be required to
use throughout their lives. In today’s society, most children are exposed to digital technologies prior to their schooling years e.g. parents giving a toddler their phone or iPad loaded with games to play during quiet time. People will have differing levels of understanding and fluency when it comes to digital technologies due to the degree of exposure and accessibility of these technologies in their home lives.
Spencer (2015) notes that digital fluency is not acquired without a combination of the following:
- Digital proficiency – being able to understand, select and use the technologies
- Digital literate – being able to read, create, evaluate and make judgements.
- Social competence – the ability to relate to others and communicate with them effectively.
Many people assume that being digitally literate is the same as being digitally fluent, however, this is not the case. When one is digitally literate they have acquired the skills necessary to operate the technologies. In order to become digitally, fluent one must look beyond their skill levels. Someone who is digitally fluent not only selects the tools and knows what to do with them, but can explain how they work and how they might adapt if the content were to change (Spencer, 2015)
It is essential that digital fluency is fostered within the school curriculum and in the pedagogical practices of schools and teachers so students can thrive in the digital age “Digital fluency / Teaching / enabling e-Learning – enabling eLearning”, 2016. Children from the schooling age of Prep to Year 3 develop a basic understanding of digital technologies and make use of them in the development of emerging literacy and numeracy skills and to be used as a tool for creative and purposeful activities. Throughout the rest of their schooling life, in order to obtain digital fluency, they must hone their skills already acquired and by the end of primary school a student should be digitally fluent and digitally able learners, Howell (2013).
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Digital fluency / Teaching / enabling e-Learning – enabling eLearning. (2016).Elearning.tki.org.nz. Retrieved 17 October 2016, from http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-fluency
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Spencer, K. (2015). What is digital fluency?. Blog.core-ed.org. Retrieved 18 October 2016, from http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html
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