Many students entering the school system today are digitally fluent in their lives outside school, however, as Howell (2012) states, “but markedly less fluent in the educational context.” All students will have varying levels of digital competency. In this unit, we have learnt that it is our role as teachers to first deepen our own knowledge on digital technologies so that our students become digitally fluent as expected by education stakeholders.
“Technology fluency transcends devices, apps and programs. It implies that a student can quickly, accurately and deliberately communicate, collaborate and create across platforms.” (Holland, 2013)
“Our devices and connectivity matter to us, right up there with food and shelter.” (Dawesar, 2013). This is quite a big statement to make. However, the more I think about it the more I agree. A day, or hour for that matter, doesn’t go by where I haven’t logged into my digital world. Every day there are new technologies to be discovered and embraced. Something new to read or people to interact with online. What will it be like when my students have left school and are looking for careers? Their potential employers will expect that they are digitally fluent. The use of digital technologies will only increase in use and interaction. The internet is the first place students think to look for information, and by developing their digital fluency skills early on in their education, we as teachers are helping them on their journey to be life-long learners. (Howell, 2012, p. 140)
So far in this unit, we have been asked to try out different websites and applications. This has definitely impacted on my digital fluency as I didn’t know about these websites and I have now realised the amazing potential they will have in assisting my classroom lessons.
Dawesar, A. (2013, June). Life in the “digital now”. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/abha_dawesar_life_in_the_digital_now?language=en#t-87380
Holland, B. (2013, December 16). Building technology fluency: preparing students to be digital learners. Retrieved from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-tech-fluency-digital-learners-beth-holland
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.
Wroblewski, L. (2011, September 16). Device Love [Image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/lukew/6171377827/in/photolist-apkVBZ-anB4oG-anybvK-any5N8-anAPoC-anAKcN-anxMEp-aiZA5C-aaNikQ-aaNf7m-aani7g-aanhMF-aaq6qW-aaq6iJ-aaq687-aanhdr-aaq5RC-aangRz-aangDF-aaq5gh-aaq575-aaq51f-aang7R-aaq4Jj-aaq4DE-aanfK6-aanfAP-aaq4fQ