My initial response to what is digital fluency was simply to have the aptitude to use the internet and digital technologies. I thought I had digital fluency, with my ability to socialise on Facebook and effectively search the Internet. However, after further readings on digital fluency, I gained a further understanding on the term digital fluency.
As a result, I was able to interpret that it is the ability to proficiently accomplish results using digital technology (Makice, n.d.). To have competent skills and knowledge in, for instance, the use of software and web searching. In addition, the clarification of digital fluency is the experience and perceptive knowledge of web 2.0, blogging and more complicated technologies (Howell,2012) such as curation tools (ScoopIT, Pinterest and Storify).
I realised that my expert knowledge in digital technology would be a clear benefit for myself, as a teacher, and for my future students in collaborative lessons, which involves the four crucial components to learning (AmpliVox, 2011). And to actively participate in the digital world, we would need to have, of course, literacy and web searching skills and experience with various forms of technologies (Howell,2012).
So, the use of digital technology (like an IPad) in the classroom, would enhance digital fluency in students in all areas. Hence, boosting their employment opportunities beyond school (AmpliVox,2011).
Students already have one step in the door to digital fluency, as digital natives, they grew up surrounded by digital technology. So, as educators we can open various doors for them; we can use this as an advantage to transform them from digital literacy to digital fluency (Manus, 2013) by engaging them in different types of learning activities using a range of digital technologies in the classroom, to help increase students’ knowledge in a variety of skills (Howell, 2012) .
Manus, S. M. (2013, August 2). Getting young people fluent in digital: London–based social enterprise combines online and classroom learning to tackle youth unemployment. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/02/young-people-fluent-digital
Makice,( n.d.). Digital fluency. Retrieved from https://au.pinterest.com/kmakice/digital-fluency/
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.
AmpliVox Sound Systems (2011). Top 10 reasons to use technology in education: iPad, tablet, computer, listening centers. . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzi2RIt8_nk