Digital Fluency

Audio summation: Week 6, Digital Fluency

Click the link below to view the Voki presentation focusing on the Week 6 topic ‘Digital Fluency.’

 

Following is the script to my Voki presentation:

Digital fluency means being able to use digital technology in the way we want to, successfully gaining information and achieving the desired outcome. According to Howell (2012), digital fluency includes being proficient in both recreational and learning technologies. In our century, digital technology impacts us on a daily basis, therefore proficiency in technology is an essential skill to have. Those who are not fluent in technology will struggle in society today, reinforcing the importance of teaching kids how to use digital technologies.

According to Howell (2012), kids achieve some level of proficiency in recreational technologies by playing games on consoles and tablets but are expected to gain proficiency in learning technologies during their time in school. Basic and essential programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel are necessary for kids to learn during primary school and their skills with these programs will gradually improve over time with experience. Back when I was in primary school, using these programs and a few websites were all we were expected to be skilled at as technology was not as advanced as it is now. Howell (2012) has a suggested digital fluency checklist that states all the skills children need to have learnt by the end of primary school and it is surprisingly very extensive. This shows how our world has become a digital world and the importance of structuring class lessons around various digital technologies.

Successful learning can be achieved when teachers believe in the benefits and necessity of digital technology. Showing enthusiasm and having an open-mind to all digital tools out there is key to promoting digital fluency in kids, encouraging them to fully utilise the incredible technology that exists. According to Spencer (2015), “if we work with fluency, we are able to keep ourselves safe online and take full advantage of life chance opportunities such as being able to apply for work, manage our finances, or be part of our local community”. We are now online more than ever and being digitally fluent has never been more important. Developing kids into individuals who can function in our constantly evolving digital world is an important goal for teachers to achieve during schooling.

List of References

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Spencer, K. (2015). What is digital fluency?. Blog.core-ed.org. Retrieved from http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html

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