Digital fluency describes the ability to confidently manipulate digital technologies to produce a desired outcome. This understanding of technology can often be transferred, as there are many similarities evident between devices. For example an individual who uses a Toshiba laptop fluently should also be able to operate a Mac laptop as they share fundamental similarities such as the key board, mouse pad and drop down menu. Transferring digital fluency is also evident through software updates such as the evolution of Microsoft from Microsoft Windows Version 1.01 to Windows 7 as shown in the image above. Although the appearance of each version often changes individuals are able to navigate their way through new versions due to their current level of understanding, and hence become fluent in the new version. With this in mind teachers can expand students’ digital fluency by using their existing knowledge as a basis for learning how to manipulate new devices or programs. This is important as although many children are regarded as digitally fluent, their fluency is often limited to recreational devices rather than education related technology. Therefore as digital fluency is adaptable and dynamic teachers can strategically incorporate educational technologies by building on their students’ current knowledge and expanding their capabilities so they can be regarded as digitally fluent across a broad range of devices.
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