Digital Fluency

Digital Fluency (Transcript of Audio)

Digital fluency, what is it? And how do we gain an understanding of the differences between digital fluency and digital literacy in the classroom. Well, let’s start with digital literacy and how it works inside and outside the classroom. Digital literacy is having skills necessary to live, learn and work in an environment where navigating technology is essential (“Building digital capability”, n.d.). These skills can include from being able to “manage, manipulate and create information” (“What is digital literacy? | Western Sydney University”, 2018) in ethical ways.

Whereas, Digital Fluency is the acquirement of cognitive competencies to create meaning and selecting the correct tools to do so (Spencer, 2018). When comparing digital literacy to digital fluency one must keep in mind that, if you are digitally literate it means you have acquired the set skills to make meaning and select the technology to do so (Spencer, 2018). But if you are digitally fluent you have unconscious competencies that make you not only able to select tools; but also know how to use them, but can also explain the purpose of the tool and how it works to other learners confidently (Spencer, 2018).

Educationalists can support students to become digitally fluent, by incorporating digital tools into the context of the course (“The Design Studio / Developing digital literacies in the curriculum”, 2018). Students can gain these competencies by the simple inclusion of digital applications such as Microsoft Office programs, Google, or Edmodo etcetera (etc) being used to complete class work and accomplish outcomes (Howell, 2012). By teachers incorporating a range of social, visual and presentational applications (apps) into the curriculum, it allows students to work on a collaborative level (Howell, 2012). Apps like these allow students to grow in their digital fluency and in digital curation (Howell, 2012).

Link to YouTube for Audio;


Building digital capability. Retrieved from

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT (pp. 69-154). South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

Spencer, K. (2018). What is digital fluency?. Retrieved from

The Design Studio / Developing digital literacies in the curriculum. (2018). Retrieved from

What is digital literacy? | Western Sydney University. (2018). Retrieved from

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