Digital Fluency

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What is Digital Fluency?
Howell (2012) suggests that ‘Digital Fluency’ is for one to have the ability and knowledge to use technology with confidence. A person who is ‘Digital Fluent’ shows the following aspects:

Digitally proficient: Able to understand, use technology and their systems (Spencer, 2015)

Digital literacy: Able to read, build, assess and use skills during the use of technology (Spencer, 2015)

Social Competence: Able to communicate and relate to others effectively (Spencer, 2015)

It could be said that for a person to be Digitally Fluent they must need years of knowledge within the fields of technology.
The amount of people who trait a Digital fluency is astonishing, as it would be believed that in this day and age most would have confidence in using technology, however, educationalists are rethinking the need to up skill most students in the use of technology (Howell, 2012).

Why do we need to be Digitally Fluent?
The Digital world is the future of this generation. Technology is used everyday, it is used in the workplace, at school and may also be used at home. Technology that is used everyday may include: Smart phone, Smart TV, computer, laptop or tablet.
It is important to be Digitally Fluent so that people can participate in ‘digitally-enabled education systems (Spencer, 2015). Spencer (2015) states that once everyone have reached the level of fluency in the digital world people will be able to stay safe online, enter the workforce with use of technology, manage finances and help the local/global community.

Why should teachers obtain Digital Fluency?
It is important that teachers are growing with the world around them.  It is essential that digital fluency is practised within school curriculum and in ‘pedagogical practices of schools and teachers so students can thrive in the digital age (White, 2013). Educators are essential for growth of students so to be digitally fluent is a must.

References: 
Spencer, K. (30th October, 2015). What is digital fluency. [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://karenmelhuishspencer.com/2015/10/30/what-is-digital-fluency/
White (2013). The importance of digital fluency. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-fluency.
Howell, J (2012). Teaching with ICT. New South Wales, NSW: Oxford.
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