Blog #4: Digital Fluency

“An evolving aptitude that empowers the individual to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world. We believe this aptitude thrives when inquiry, play, and exploration are valued and encouraged as meaningful learning experiences.”
– Boise State University.

To put it simply, digital fluency speaks about the ability to perform tasks that produce an outcome using technology. We are aware that the young generation eat and breath technology. Most have the opportunity to develop their skills at using technological devices at a very young age.

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Howell (2012) talks about the the level of digital fluency that a particular age group will acquire during the course of his/her education. The inclusion of digital fluency supports skills, aptitudes and abilities of students and therefore therefore vital. ICT has been encapsulated across the curriculum to further develop skills that would benefit students later on in life. This is so that we can move them from being digitally literate to digitally fluent ( MacManus, 2013).

I have used a number of software and applications such as Keynote, Prezi, iMovie, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and now WordPress to gather, research and present information. Primary students of today may not be old enough to set up certain social media accounts but many are proficient with Wordle, Doodle, Edmodo, Tagxeedo and Wikispaces. Teachers today would need to help students develop their skills and be fluent by applying these software in lesson plans.

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Reference

Academic Technology. (n.d). Boise State Explore. Retrieved from http://at.boisestate.edu/home/definition-of-digital-fluency/

Daily Telegraph. (2014). Kids addicted to iPads [Image]. Times Live. Retrieved from http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/04/17/toddlers-addicted-to-ipads

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

MacManus, S. (2013). Getting young people fluent in digital. Guardian Professional. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/02/young-people-fluent-digital