This week I learnt about the importance of teaching students to become digitally fluent. So what does it mean to be digitally fluent?
Being knowledgeable in digital technologies does not constitute digital fluency. One must also learn to effectively communicate, create, design, discover and interpret in a digital world. It is understood that digital fluency is derived from exploring, inquiring and playing with digital technologies which encourages meaningful learning experiences.
Therefore, the best way to become digitally fluent is by having the opportunity to experience digital technology first hand. With this in mind, I believe it is imperative that all students are exposed to the applications of digital technology, in order to develop the core skills required to successfully enter higher education, the workforce and the world in general.
Utilising digital technology in the classroom would encourage students to embrace a technology rich education. For example, tasking students in either an individual or collaborative context to create a simple game using the command based animation Scratch, would require critical and creative thinking whilst also expanding and demonstrating their digital knowledge and fluency.
It is the responsibility of pre-service teachers to acquire and maintain digital fluency in its ever changing landscape, to ensure next generation teachers are competent in providing a digitally enriched education for students in its relevant context.