In our rapidly changing society, it is near impossible to keep up with the latest technology, let alone filter through everything that is available to be used and learn from. It’s like we are running a race, except every time you get near the finish line, it jumps backwards another mile. Even when we think we have equipped ourselves with the latest and most recent resources, something new has been created. Becoming individuals who strive to be literate and fluent in our digital world is crucial as we move forward and into the future.
Before doing a little research, I just assumed that digital literacy and digital fluency were basically the same thing. As it turns out, digital fluency includes digital literacy, but is actually much more broad. Literacy deals with our ability to use and create digital platforms, while fluency isn’t achieved until we as individuals reach a much higher level of comfort and ease when deciding which parts of technology to use and when.
Some common elements that I came across in my research pertaining to learning on a digital platform included that it was creative and constructive, it was used to communicate information and/or share resources, and that everything was created in a way that was respectful of both the surrounding cultural and civic conditions. In addition to these, digital citizenship goes hand-in-hand with digital literacy and learning.
I feel like I have a fairly average level of ability when it comes to my digital literacy and overall technology skills. I know enough to be able to navigate my way around and have started to begin creating more through various technology class requirements, but I still feel like I have quite a bit to learn. Throughout this class, I would like to learn new tools that can be used in the classroom setting as a teacher. This link provides a great number of resources that would be helpful with incorporating digital literacy in the classroom setting. It is difficult to know what will really be useful when I have my own class of students, simply because technology changes and evolves so quickly. I also feel it is important that I learn ways to teach my students how to be successful and responsible users of the digital world that they live in.
It is important that we constantly chase after new knowledge so that we can stay up to date and provide our students with the most effective and efficient ways to use technology. If we do not, we will be forever using yesterday’s technology is tomorrow’s world.