In this blog I will be discussing what is digital fluency, why is it so important and why do we need our children to be digitally fluent. Ironic side of it all is that this will be written by a digital immigrant, me!
Working in the hospitality industry for the past eight years I’ve had no need for technology. Searching for career opportunities, I have realised that the constant evolution of technology has businesses in high demand of digital literate employees.
Digital fluency is the ability to function technology devices comfortably with ease. Being digital fluent allows the individual to “effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world” (Boston State University, 2015, par. 1). This means acquiring the skills to navigate through the digital world in all aspects comfortably.
LangWitche’s (2013) flow of what a digital fluency will look like:
Getting started in the digital world has been daunting as it is all unfamiliar to me. I feel over the weeks of studying, numerous YouTube videos and google search, I have begun to develop a positive aptitude towards the use of technology.
Looking for jobs I have I have witnessed the need of digital skills to apply. With technology evolving at a fast pace there is pressure through the educational stakeholders to incorporate digital fluency into the Australian Curriculum. Howell (2012) explains that the educationalists believe the skills of digital competence are in demand and required in the Australian workforce therefore education should parallel with the necessary skills required for future employment opportunities. The education system has standard requirements in place to monitor student’s digital skills that will prepare them for “lifelong learning” (Howell, 2012). As I’m studying to be a primary teacher there is pressure to acquire a digital pedagogy to meet the demands and needs of the educational stakeholders. Schools needs to prepare students to be successful in the future. This article outlines Digital fluency: skills necessary for learning in the digital age.