Digital Fluency means to effectively use digital technologies for teaching and learning (White, 2013). A person that is digitally fluent not only have the skill to use digital tools but have the knowledge to why they use certain devices for particular contexts (Spencer, 2015). Howell (2012) highlighted to declare oneself digitally fluent, he/she must engage throughout the process of learning and confidently use digital apparatus for desired outcomes.
Digital Fluency is a combination of:
- Digital proficiency
- Digital literacy
- Social Competence
3 Ways in Building Technology Fluency
- .“Flip your lessons”
Instead of giving students discrete instructions on how to solve problems, teachers should provide students ownership in their learning process. I remember when I was in High school, my chemistry teacher gave us books and worksheets with answers that served as a guide to me of what methods I could use to solve the questions. Doing this, challenges students to think and apply the resources given to them to find answers related to the problem.
- .“Create Scaffolded Challenges”
Providing children partial instructions start the “ball rolling”; they have an idea where to start and this gives them enough scaffolding e.g. figure out how to finish the project on their own. As a result, students learn how to read menu items, search the web to gain more information, become innovative thinkers and “taking critical steps towards fluency” (Holland, 2013).
- .“Empower Student Leaders”
Persuade students to share their ideas or solutions! Empowering a student to explain her/his solution to someone or to the class prepares her/him in contributing to the society they liv in. It develops children’s critical thinking, even pondering questions in mind like “How could I share this in a clear manner?”
Checklist to see if you are digitally fluent
√ Be able to use proficiently Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher
√ Be able to create digital artefacts e.g. videos, podcasts
√ Be experienced in blogging
√ Have experience in more complex technologies
√ Understand the associated language- terminology and meanings
(Howell, 2012, p.139)
Holland, Beth. (2013, Dec 16). Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners. Retrieved from: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-tech-fluency-digital-learners-beth-holland
Howell J, 2012. Teaching with ICT:, Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Victoria, Australia. Oxford University Press
Spencer, Karen. (2015, Oct). What is Digital Fluency? [blog post]. Retrieved from: http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html
White, Gerald K. (2013) Digital Fluency : Skills Necessary For Learning In The Digital Age. Melbourne: Acer