Auditory summation: Digital Fluency
The following presentation explores the topic digital fluency in the Voki link included below (click on the link provided below).
Below is the written script and reference list:
what is digital fluency?
It is defined as the ability to use digital technology in a confident manner (Howell, 2012).
The need for students and teachers to be digitally fluent is increasingly important in this age of technology. Most students these days are already proficient in recreational technology that helps them to become digitally fluent in learning technology as well. During the early primary school years, students are often described as ‘technology neophytes’ (Howell, 2012).
The structure of the classroom is ever changing, technology is becoming a vital part of learning activities and acquiring new skills. The aim of digital fluency is to make critical thinking and information skills relevant to the new challenges of the digital environment. The focus in the schools should be to build digital skills in developing years of students so that they grow up to be digitally fluent adults.
A digitally fluent student can decide when to use specific digital technologies to achieve their desired outcome and knows where and how to find and access information quickly and accurately. Howell (2012) explains that the aim of including the use technology in the classrooms at an early age is to develop digital content creators of the future.
In a digital world, the information is discovered, content is designed, knowledge is constructed and ideas are communicated effectively (Howell, 2012). A digitally fluent person can not only select tools and knows how to best utilize them, they can also explain why they work the way they do.
Howell (2012) suggests there is more peer supported and collaborative learning happening in the classrooms these days and teachers are becoming more of a resource for the students in this digital world. The aim is to have digitally fluent young students who are aware of the new technologies out there and how to best implement them in real life down the track.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
George Couros. (24 October, 2012). Creation and Consumption [image]. Retrived from https://www.flickr.com/photos/georgecouros/8120316401
Silivia Tolisano. (2013). Being skilled [image]. Retrieved from http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/02/18/skilled-literate-fluent-in-the-digital-world/