The theme of week 6 was digital fluency. Dr Jennifer Howell described digital fluency as being able to use different digital technologies fluently (Howell, 2014). While there are some technologies that I would describe myself as digitally fluent in, there are also many that I use in the most basic form. Howell (2012) states that grade 4 students could be described as “technology neophytes” because they are beginners who understand the basics of technology and are ready for more complex learning. Perhaps this description fits me also, and I find myself wondering if there are teachers who are not digitally fluent, and how they manage to keep up with teaching in this digital world. This thought provokes a personal desire to become more digitally fluent.
A UK company, Fluency, trains unemployed youths to become digitally fluent in the hopes of decreasing the unemployed statistics (Mac Manus, 2013). Fluency recognises that employers expect employees to be digitally fluent. I feel this is a great opportunity for unemployed youths, but it highlights the importance of our students being digitally fluent before they leave school (Howell, 2012), so that they are ready for the workforce or further education. The below is an example of what Howell (2012) suggests students should be digitally fluent in by the end of primary school. I find this list to be quite daunting. As a 29 year old, there are at least 3 areas on this list that I am not familiar with. I will need to challenge myself to increase my digital fluency. How can I expect to teach my future students to be digitally fluent if I lack digital fluency? This is something I need to resolve. It is quite clear that this week has emphasised the importance of digital fluency in our students, teachers, and those currently studying to become teachers. As future teachers it is our responsibility to ensure that we are confident with our digital skills.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
Howell, J. (2014). Learning and living in a digital world. Module 02: Digital fluency [ilecture]. Retrieved from https://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8443/ess/echo/presentation/69320b47-1f26-4f87-ae1c-7ba4e48e0050
Mac Manus, S. (2013). Getting young people fluent in digital. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/02/young-people-fluent-digital
Langwitches (2013). Digital fluency [Image]. Retrieved from http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/02/18/skilled-literate-fluent-in-the-digital-world/