Digital Fluency

The focus for this week was on digital fluency. Before familiarisation with the topic, I was able to assume the concept by associating with the word ‘fluency’. Looking at defining fluency I thought of the words speed, accuracy and ease, terms used by Holland (2012). Digital fluency is the “ability to use digital technologies in a confident manner” (Howell, 2012, p.246). Extending on this “a student not only navigates within a single environment, but also begins to demonstrate an ability to make effective choices and use the tools to advance their understanding and communication” (Holland 2013).  I found this to be a key point in developing my position on digital fluency in the classroom, as it encouraged me to view fluency as not only how to use technology, but how to utilise these technologies to further their understanding and assist their own learning.

Through the study of this concept I have found a deeper understanding of the connectivism theory. Not only has my understanding of the concept strengthened, but the relevance and validity of it in a classroom setting. The advancement of ICT’s allow the gaining of information to occur through the internet and other means to build on current knowledge (Gilbert, 2007). I have found myself a lot more open minded to the thinking that because of the huge impact technology has made on the way we live, communicate and learn, current learning theories need to reflect and consider this (Siemens, 2004).

There are many skills that are required for competency in the 21st century (White, 2013). My current understanding is that it is necessary for the production of a workforce that is able to keep up with the advancements in the world. I believe as teachers there are many activities and experiences that can be presented to students to develop their digital fluency. From the readings I conducted, I have conduced that the most effective way to develop digital fluency is to offer a wide mixture of technologies in the classroom and expand their experiences with a variety of tools and software (Howell, 2012).

References

Gilbert, J (2007). Knowledge, the disciplines, and learning in the Digital Age. Educational Reasearch Policy and Practice, 6(2), 115-122

Holland, B. (2013). Building technology fluency: preparing students to be digital leaners. Retrieved October 10, 2014 from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-tech-fluency-digital-learners-beth-holland

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

Information fluency [Image] (2011). Retrieved from http://deeprunwildcats.org/metcalf/?cat=3

Siemens, G. (2004).Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Retrieved October 10, 2014 from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm

White, Gerald K. (2013) Digital fluency : skills necessary for learning in the digital age. Melbourne : ACER

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