Digital fluency as defined by Howell (2012) is defined as the ability to use technologies in a confident manner. This includes the ability to understand and use technological systems. The ability to read, create and evaluate whilst using technical skills. The ability to communicate and relate by using technology (Spencer, 2016). Digital fluency in a practical sense means being able to select the tools and knowing what to do with them, can explain how they work and how they might adapt if the context where to change.
Students need to develop a digital fluency to keep up with the current digital world to increase job opportunities in the future or even to do simple tasks such as buying tickets or internet banking. It is our role as teachers to ensure our students are knowledgeable enough to join the workforce, in order to do further study or training (Mac Manus, 2013).
It is also important for teachers to have a good digital fluency in order to teach children how to use technology safely, this includes cyber bullying, inappropriate websites and identity theft (White, 2013). It is important to not only know how to use the technology but how to use it well. A fluency allows a person or teacher to avoid such things as scams and false information (Miller & Bartlett, 2012). A vast knowledge of technology not only allows a teacher to find information quickly and easily but to also find trustworthy and evidence based facts (Miller & Bartlett, 2012). This is knowing the difference between citing Wikipedia and sourcing the BBC.
Now test your own Digital fluency:
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