According to the Boise State University (BSU, 2016), Digital Fluency is “an evolving aptitude that empowers the individual to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world.”. Fluency is the act of being flexible, accurate, efficient and appropriate (Karen Spencer, 2015). This involves using technologies strategically and understanding the concept of how to use different technologies to achieve a desired outcome (Christian, 2011). Digital Fluency is a combination of digital or technical proficiency to comprehend, select and also use the technologies. Digital Literacy is in relation to the ability to read, create, evaluate and make judgements, whilst also applying technical skills. It is a combination of social competence or dispositional knowledge, in order to relate to others and communicate (Karen Spencer,2015).
The Australian School Literacy Program (ALSA), recognises that technology is always evolving. It states that previously required skills such as reading or basic computer skills is not enough. In today’s world, society expects individuals to evaluate and apply information. This may be done by constantly re-evaluating and updating our skills through new experiences (D Lee, 2013). When looking at society’s expectation of a digitally fluent citizen, we see that these individuals must be lifelong learners. Individuals should be capable of finding the necessary new tools and resources to aid in any task (Shauna Niessen, 2013).
Through the text, I have learnt teachers develop digitally fluent students by twisting up lessons, create scaffolded challenges and also empower student leaders. Instead of handing out step by step instructions, ask students to independently gain their knowledge and take control of their learning experiences. This enables students to innovate and discover how something works (J Howell, 2012 p. 137). Lastly, empower your students to share their leaning outcomes and experiences. This rewards students and also teaches them to participate within a culture (Beth Holland, 2013)
Literacy is NOT Enough: 21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age – Lee Crockett