Digital Fluency is the ability to select certain digital tools and technologies found appropriate to achieve a particular goal or outcome (Hendricks, 2019). It’s not only having the ability to select the digital tools, but to then extract the information given and use it as an advantage. Knowledge is very easily found now. By just using google you can search nearly anything and have an answer within seconds! But this information can very quickly become too much and overwhelming if you are not digitally fluent.
Being digitally fluent is important for many reasons. It not only allows us to access information easily. It also allows us to stay safe online. It allows us to have the opportunity to apply for jobs online, as well as study from the comfort of your own home (Spencer, 2015). “In the years ahead, digital fluency will become a prerequisite for obtaining jobs, participating meaningfully in society, and learning throughout a lifetime” (Resnick, 2002, p. 33) [via White, 2013].
According to Martin (2018), technology and accessing information is not the foundation of a 21st century classroom, teachers are. “The power of the teacher comes not the information she shares but from the opportunities she creates for students to learn how to learn, solve problems, and apply learning in meaningful ways.” (Martin, 2018). Meanwhile Mindshift (2012) believes that all computing devices are challenging the authority of the teacher standing at the front of the class sharing information, and what it means to be a teacher is changing. “technology is helping to drive a pedagogical change, and schools need to be mindful of this influence and thoughtful of how they’d like to facilitate this transition. This is why linking technology to learning objectives is so important” (Mindshift, 2012). Digital Fluency is important for both the teacher and students as it is a great, and modern way to learn efficiently and to the best of their ability.
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