Digital literacy is knowing what technology to use and how to use it. However, if you’re not capable of digital literacy being digitally fluent is a difficult task. Fluency is when your considered fluent and able to produce the desired outcome using the tools required (Makice.K, n.d.). But how do we know how to provide such experiences that will help students to develop their digital fluency?
To support students with digital fluency you can provide:
- First-hand experiences that engage them.
- Expose students to a variety of technologies.
- Educate them on the responsible use of technology (LinkedIn Corporation, 2015).
A variety of media and tools can be used to help students gain the required knowledge. In this day and age, you can find most of what you need through a variety of search engines. Apps are also available and provide a wide variety of learning. There are helpful tools for teachers to understand how digital fluency can affect a student’s learning for more information please visit the digital fluency slideshow (LinkedIn Corporation,2015) .
Online learning has been around since the internet was introduced. However, in the last few years it has become a popular source for furthering education. This type of learning means that students need to be self-motivated. Being fluent in digital learning enables a student by giving them the tools to be curious about the digital space and continue their learning journey long after the course has finished (Mac Manus, 2013). Teaching students how to use this responsibly during planned classroom lessons is a great way to encourage students to further their learning.
As a population where change is slow, these new skills and attitudes are becoming increasingly urgent for students to acquire. “However, teaching and learning these new skills, and different ways of working with information and communicating, need to be based on sound evidence and positive educational experiences (Australian Council for Educational Research, 2013)”.
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