Digital fluency can be considered the effective use of information as well as the ability to develop content and communicate in the digital world (Boise State University, n.d.). I believe that this idea directly relates to both the digital divide and the expected outcome of digital expectancy. Digital fluency is a skill that will stay with a person their entire life and it only increases in importance as the world around us becomes more and more saturated with technology as according to Howell (2012), “The internet will play an increasingly important role in our lives and it is the first place people log on to find information.” I believe the focus of a teacher must be on developing a student’s skill set with varying technologies (Howell, 2012).
A key way I can develop digital fluency in the classroom is by introducing a variety of hardware and software as part of an overall activity or assignment such as having students engage with slideshow software to enhance oral assessments, or allowing access to word processors to write assignments. Other methods are introducing learning software such as mathematics games or to encourage students to utilise their own choices in software to complete learning tasks such as research or developing various media.
In relation to functional skills, I believe it is also important to ensure students are aware of how the can be good citizens of a digital world by discussing critical thinking, ethics and acceptable behavior, identity and privacy as well as safety (White, 2013). Other subjects could be the various options regarding content creation and curation as well as the related ideas of copyright. Social media use is also highly important to students today an educating them on its proper and appropriate use, particularly regarding safety and acceptable behavior, is vital.
Boise State University. (n.d.). Definition of Digital Fluency. Retrieved from http://ctl.boisestate.edu/idea/home/definition-digital-fluency/
White, G. (2013). Digital fluency for the digital age. Retrieved from http://rd.acer.edu.au/article/digital-fluency-for-the-digital-age
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration & Creativity. South Melbourne, VIC:Oxford University Press
Delafosse, S. (2014, April 16) Digital Literacy 2014 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzd8r-uEjY8
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