You may be a digital native (someone who was born or has been brought up during the age of technology) or a digital immigrant (someone who has had to adapt to the skills of being digitally fluent). In either case you may still be learning to be digitally fluent. Being digitally fluent is when you are able to use digital technologies in a confident manner. It is imperative that we become more digitally fluent as the age of technology is continuing to evolve. Being digitally fluent will help us not only in our everyday life but also with respect to extending our skills and knowledge on how to be safe whilst online.
Technology changes the way that we learn and interact and it also increases the accessibility of products and services. Many researchers (Carr, 2011; Cardinali et. al; 2009; Doidge, 2007; Kurtweil, 2005) argue that major inventions such as the internet have an effect on the structure of the human brain, which may or may not have positive consequences.“If the structure of the human brain is changing due to new technologies such as the Internet, and locating information and communicating are changing, then changes to the way that students learn, and probably what they learn, would appear to follow.” (White,2013)
Technology is fast becoming a way of life- the way that we teach and the way that we acquire knowledge, therefore it is important that we understand how to use technology not only in terms of our own personal use, but also as a tool to assist children to learn and become more digitally fluent.
what is digital fluency sourced from:
Howell, J (2012). Teaching with ICT.
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