Digital Fluency

Auditory Summation: Topic 6, Digital Fluency

Provided below is the link to the Voki presentation on week 6 topic; Digital Fluency

http://www.voki.com/presenter/playPresentation.php?id=f78cf3c629f3e4cfd33f402a3095075e 

Also for your viewing, click on the youtube film below

Following is the script to my Voki

What is the difference between ‘digital literacy’ and ‘digital fluency’?

The 21st century is globally connected.  Digital media and the internet have changed the way people learn and interact. The internet has become a global phenomenon. As Howell (2012) mentions, the internet is one of the first places people go to find information.

Someone who is capable of knowing how and what to do with digital technologies can be described as being digitally literate. Digital fluency on the other hand is so much more than knowing how different programs work and knowing what to do with them. Digital fluency refers to knowing when to use these tools and why, in order to reach a desired outcome (Core Education, 2016).

A student is considered fluent in a Language when they learn to read, speak and write it. This is similar to a digital fluency. It is where an individual is able to show an ability to navigate a variety of devices, programs and apps, with ease and understanding.

Increasing our fluency

Increasing our fluency with technologies allows us to keep safe online and increases life’s opportunities, such as managing finances, applying for work and being part of the local community (Core Education, 2016).

Many students as Prensky (2001) describes, are digital Natives; born into a digital world. Today’s students have access to the world via the internet, so it is critical for them to acquire the skills needed to understand where information they obtain is coming from; ensuring they are becoming practical researchers.

Digital Fluency in Education

There is no doubt that students today are coming to school with a basic knowledge, and the ability to use a wide variety of technology. Although students have developed some idea on how to use these technologies, they still require guidance on how to become fluent in their uses. Students need to be able to produce content rather than just simply using technology.

Developing a level of Digital fluency at an early stage of schooling ensures students have the ability to handle the skills required for their secondary and post formal schooling (Howell, 2012). Constant use of technologies and creating challenges in the classroom will help to develop a student’s digital fluency.  Supporting this development assist in preparing them to become digital learners, with an ability to construct new tools, communicate ideas and solve problems.

List of References

Core Education. (2016). What is digital fluency. Retrieved from
http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html

El subscribo.(2015, May 3). Marco Torres discusses digital fluency [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly4gReQJtg0

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Fluency. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. MCB university press. Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

Resnick, M. (2002). Rethinking learning in the digital age. In G. Kirkman (Ed.), The global information technology report: Readiness for the networked word. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

 

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