Digital Fluency

Today’s generation is constantly reliant on the availability of technology: to phones, internet, computers, iPads, Facebook, Twitter and many other types of technology. They are the first thing we reach for everyday in this new generation of technology.
I remember not having access to a computer in Primary School and throughout most of my High School years, which I completed in 2009. This was only 6 years ago and even then the use of technology was not as present as it is in daily life today. I have observed my 2 year old daughter develop her skills with technology: our tablet, mobile phone and computer; and I am shocked at how quickly and easily she can use all of these devices. Having seen my daughter learn and develop her skills so quickly I actually decided to look for age appropriate digital devices. I was surprised and horrified as to how many various types are available for a 2 year old on the market: children’s Leap Pad games and books, mini children’s laptops, children’s mobile phone, iPhone slobber cases, iPad children themed cases and so many more. I question why it is appropriate for a child to have digital devices at such a young age. No other generation has ever needed these devices so why now. Why? Because we are striving for a digitally fluent generation.


As stated in this video “It the adults that have to rewire themselves not the children” (Youngwood, S [TEDx Talks], 2015)
After doing the readings for Week 6, I have learnt that ‘digital pedagogy is the study of how to teach using digital technologies’ (Howell, 2012). To be able to teach technology effectively in the classroom one must be digitally fluent with at least some forms of current technology (White, 2013). After looking at my daily life and my family I have seen that to be able to effectively participate in society it is almost impossible to do so without having either access to a computer or smart phone. As majority of our government systems: such as Medicare, Centrelink and the Transport Department; are all online based.

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Thus I have found all persons in the 21st century will become more digitally fluent every year as our technology advances, we must advance as well.

References

 Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Lang Witches. (2013). Skilled, LIterate & Fluent in the Digital World [Image]. Retrieved from
http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/02/18/skilled-literate-fluent-in-the-digital-world/

White, G. (2013). Digital Fluency: Skills Necessary for learning in the Digital Age. Retrieved from
http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=digital_learning

Youngwood, S [TEDx Talks]. (2015, February 10). Kid in the Digital World: Rewiring for the Future [Video File]. Retrieved from
<a>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSz96VyFdKg</a&gt;

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