Digital fluency

Auditory summation: Topic 6, Digital fluency

digital fluency(Blue Coat Photos, 2015)

Click here to listen to the Voki presentation focusing on the Week 6 topic ‘Digital fluency’.

Please below the script to the Voki:

What is digital fluency?

Howell (2014) defines digital fluency as “being able to use digital items, digital technologies or the internet fluently, in a way that doesn’t inhibit or prevent us from achieving what we want to achieve”.

Howell (2014) describes digital fluency as a “sliding scale of skills” which makes digital fluency difficult to quantify. Some of these skills are: the ability to perform effective internet searches, being proficient in the use of various kinds and forms of digital technologies or specific skills such as coding.

Why is digital fluency important?

Becoming digitally fluent is extremely important to becoming a successful member of society within this electronic era. According to Wang, Myers and Sundaram (2013) children born into this era who have been exposed to modern technologies since their early years are called “digital natives”, whilst those born in years prior who have adopted digital technologies later in life are called “digital immigrants”. According to Howell (2012) digital nativity does not equal digital fluency and it is equally important for both parties to become digitally fluent. Due to the technological saturation of this age, it is seen as something that should be implemented and developed at school. According to Howell (2012, p.55), “increasingly, parents, employers and the wider community expect the education system to produce technologically fluent students who can use a wide variety of digital technologies, and who can adapt to emerging technologies”.

(U Know Kids, 2015)

How to develop digital fluency

According to Howell (2012), active participation in digital technologies is paramount to the development of digital fluency. Due to this fact, it is important as a teacher to expose students to a range of different digital technologies and provide many opportunities for students to engage with these technologies. This involves becoming digitally fluent yourself and consistently developing your very own “digital pedagogy” (Howell, 2012, p.5).

Additional information

Click here to view an article in The Guardian regarding a program with the intention of building digital fluency in young people (Taken from the week 6 additional readings).

Click the image below to an article regarding the use of digital technologies in teaching due to the rising digital expectations of the modern world…

digitlal expecation
(Digital Technologies Solutions, 2016)


Blue Coat Photos. (2015). Devices in the Cloud – Technology [Image]. Retrieved from (credit to – link unavailable)

Education Technology Solutions. (2016). Digital Expectations [Image]. Retrieved from

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

Howell, J. (2014). Week 6 Topic: Digital Fluency [iLecture]. Retrieved from

U Know Kids. (2015). Digital Parenting [Image]. Retrieved from

Wang, Q., Myers, M. D., & Sundaram, D. (2013). Digital natives and digital immigrants: Towards a model of digital fluency. Business & Information Systems Engineering, 5(6), 409-419. doi:


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