Digital Fluency

Looking towards the skills to be a fully participating member of the Digital world?    Want to be an educator to help your student build skills to be part of Digital Citizenship? Digital Fluency is one of them.


Digital fluency and Digital literacy is needed to move your students smartly in this 21st century world of learning.

Digital Fluency is the ability to use technology in a confident manner. (Howell, 2012).

The essence of digital fluency is to make core critical thinking and information literacy skills relevant to the new challenges of the digital environment. (Miller & Bartlett, 2012).

Students aiming to become digitally fluent needs to be technologically neophytes; they are beginners who have a solid grounding in the basics and are
ready for more complex learning experiences with technology, (Howell, 2012)

Frame Work for developing digital fluency (Howell, 2012)

This Framework comprises ofFramework for developing digital fluency

  1. Creative Activity
  2. Experimental Activity
  3. Purposeful Activity

These activities have their own contents and skills associated with them and they help students become:

  1. digital content creators
  2. Technology Innovators
  3. Digitally fluent

Explore it in detail here at Chapter 8 of Howell’s Book  Teaching with ICT

Our Role as an Educator

We should help students to develop critical, collaborative, and creative skills in the work they do. This involves: (Esther Casey)

  • selecting and using the appropriate digital technology for their task
  • understanding how to re-use other people’s knowledge and ideas in respectful ways
  • building on information to create their own new knowledge and ideas to share with others

Our nature as educators is to grant the paths that boost students cook up a storm these capabilities and that make sense to them.

Ways to build digital fluency

  • Support students to critically analyse information 
  • Flip Learning – put your students on freedom to use the resources, find the relevant information and work on it in the way they think is best.

    Overly teacher-led or highly scaffolded learning does not allow for innovation; freedom to try does. (Howell, 2012)

  • Encourage collaboration through digital tools 

Digital fluency is just not about using online tools , it is really about using those tools in order to express yourself and make sure your voice is heard through these tools          (Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen)


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