Digital fluency is defined as “The ability to use digital technologies in a confident manner” (Howell, 2012, p.239). If we think about digital fluency we think of teenagers and adults being able to be fluent with their participation in digital technologies. By being digitally fluent a person is able to navigate, participate and successfully create in the digital world. I would think of myself as digitally fluent as I am able to use social media to create and share my life, use tools such as Microsoft office (word, PowerPoint) to create assignments and letters, use email to communicate with others and on top of all this I can use these skills with a number of devices such as a computer, iPhone and Ipad.
In this modern Australian society children start to learn to be digitally fluent in primary school around grade four. These students are called technology neophytes; which is defined as beginners who have the basics and are ready for learning of more complex technologies (Howell, 2012, p.133). To become digitally fluent children require consolidation of learning of digital technologies over a number of years and practice of the skills they already have acquired of these digital technologies. Over the coming schooling years these fourth grader children will go through being digital content creators, technology innovators and developing digital fluency to finally achieve the goal of being digitally fluent and digitally able learners (Howell, 2012, p.134-135).
Mac Manus (2013) supports Howells ideas about young people developing digitally fluency as they stated that young individuals have the in- built and essential skills to be able to produce and work in jobs that require the use of digital technologies. The author continues to describe young people of today as being digital natives in which these individuals have grown up and learnt the skills that are now natural for them to be able to maneuver through digital technologies with ease. If you are interested in more information or more clarification on digital fluency please have a look at these links below.
Links to further resources:
Good, J. (2016, January 23). What is Digital Fluency? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lglIKLPkMqk
Google Images. (n.d.). Digital Fluency [image]. Retrieved from https://www.google.com.au/search?q=digital+fluency&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj48Pufy6bMAhVGLqYKHcVjAiIQsAQIGw&biw=1192&bih=710#imgrc=8txwp4QQuYa-7M%3A
Google Images. (n.d.). Digital Fluency [image]. Retrieved from https://www.google.com.au/search?q=digital+fluency&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj48Pufy6bMAhVGLqYKHcVjAiIQsAQIGw&biw=1192&bih=710#imgrc=X1JdMCRw5FfDRM%3A
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
Mac Manus, S. (2013, August 2). Getting young people fluent in digital. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/02/young-people-fluent-digital