Digital Fluency

By Cameron Blackwood. 10th October, 2017
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(Wiggins, 2015)

Digital fluency means to be up to date with the current technological programs or devices and know which ones to use to achieve the most precise and efficient outcome possible.

In a standard classroom setting, a teacher may think they are digitally fluent because they can use basic programs such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint or they may be able to check their emails online (Howell, 2012). However, this is not entirely correct if they are not using the most up to date software or program to relay their intended information to the class. For example, instead of using Microsoft Powerpoint to educate their students on “the life cycle of a koala bear”, they may show them how to play an online game on their iPad that relays the same information. If the teacher were to use the online game on the iPad it would be a great example of digital fluency as they are communicating the content to the students in the most relatable and efficient way possible.

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(Covich, 2017)

In order for a student to become the best scholar they can, they need to be digitally fluent. Digital fluency is not something that only teachers need to exercise. Students must continue to be digitally fluent (Department of Education and Training, 2017). This means that they have to keep up to date with current digital technology and know the correct circumstances to use it in to further their academic capabilities and life in general. It is also important for students to be taught to be digitally fluent, as when they go out into the workforce, certain modern programs may be expected to be recognized as a minimum requirement.

In conclusion, the world is a forever advancing society and it is vital that teachers and students as a whole continue to be digitally fluent if they want to get the most out of their education or career and most importantly don’t want inevitably to fall behind the rest of society.

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(Neretlis, 2015)

 

References

Covich, C. (2017, April 20). Digital Curation. Retrieved from https://mrscovichsclassroom.com/2017/04/20/digital-curation/

Department of Education and Training. (2017, August 11). Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM. Retrieved from https://www.education.gov.au/inspiring-all-australians-digital-literacy-and-stem

Gadir. (2017). Contact Us. Retrieved from http://gadir.net/enrolment-and-prices/contact-us.html

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford.

Stern, J. (2016, October 10). Digital Fluency. Retrieved from https://julie808blog.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/digital-fluency/

McHugh, C. (2016, August 3). Digital Fluency Comes with Context and Meaning. Retrieved from http://thespoke.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/digital-fluency-comes-context-meaning/

Neretlis, E. (2015, May 2). Digital Fluency. Retrieved from https://eneretlis.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/digital-fluency/

Wiggins, C. (2015, April 23). Digital Fluency. Retrieved from https://wigginschristine22.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/digital-fluency/

WordPress. (2017). WordPress: Home. Retrieved from https://wordpress.com/

 

The Digital Divide in Australia

By Cameron Blackwood. 10th October, 2017

 

Here is a short auditory oral speech summary on the digital divide in Australia.

 

References

Audacity. (2017). Audacity: Home. Retrieved from http://www.audacityteam.org/home/

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2016, February 18). Household Use of Information Technology in Australia. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8146.0

Bose, N. (2014, October 1). IT and the Digital Divide in India. Retrieved from http://www.idgconnect.com/abstract/8877/it-digital-divide-india

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford.

Onselen, L. (2016, April 20). Australia’s Internet Both Crappy and Expensive. Retrieved from https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/04/australias-internet-both-crappy-and-expensive/

SoundCloud. (2017). SoundCloud: This is Your Stream. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/stream

 

What is a Digital World?

By Cameron Blackwood. 10th October, 2017

 

Here is an informational visual presentation summary on the digital world.

 

References

Australian Government. (2014, April 1). Australia’s Ready for Digital TV. Retrieved from http://www.digitalready.gov.au/

Gallo L. (2013, June 3). Living in a Digital World. Retrieved from https://now.uiowa.edu/2013/06/living-digital-world

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford.

Prezi. (2017). Prezi: Next. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/dashboard/next/

Schlossgerg, M. (2014, December 21). 2015 Trends for Politics and Social Media. Retrieved from https://politicalfails.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/2015-trends-for-politics-and-social-media/

YouTube. (2017). YouTube: Home. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/

 

Reflection

By Cameron Blackwood. 10th October, 2017

 

I feel that the digital world can be very complex as it is constructed of aspects such as digital fluency and the fact that technology can divide a country. The way that technology can divide a country is through the lack of resources provided to parts of the country or the cost of certain aspects of digital technology. This is called a digital divide. Digital fluency is also another important aspect to keep up with by following modern trends and by also using all the most up to date digital technology. It is important to do this so we don’t fall behind in this digital world (Howell, 2012).

The different styles of technology I used to make these blogs included WordPress, SoundCloud, Audacity, YouTube, Prezi and Microsoft Word. WordPress was used to make my blog site. SoundCloud and Audacity were used to record and edit my oral speech. Prezi and YouTube were used for my visual presentation and Microsoft Word was used to create most of my text.

The use of these different styles of technology has taught me a lot. WordPress in particular, is a style of technology I have never attempted before and I found it quite easy to use. I feel my expanded knowledge in each of these programs will help me in my future studies. I also believe they will be of great help when I am out in the teaching field, educating students myself.

In conclusion, I feel that this assignment has taught me a lot about the digital world and all its aspects. I also feel that it has furthered my digital fluency, as it has taught me how to use new modern programs that I can apply to future studies and my prospective future career in teaching.

 

References

Audacity. (2017). Audacity: Home. Retrieved from http://www.audacityteam.org/home/

Department of Education and Training. (2017, August 11). Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM. Retrieved from https://www.education.gov.au/inspiring-all-australians-digital-literacy-and-stem

Gallo L. (2013, June 3). Living in a Digital World. Retrieved from https://now.uiowa.edu/2013/06/living-digital-world

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford.

Prezi. (2017). Prezi: Next. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/dashboard/next/

SoundCloud. (2017). SoundCloud: This is Your Stream. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/stream

WordPress. (2017). WordPress: Home. Retrieved from https://wordpress.com/

YouTube. (2017). YouTube: Home. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/

 

 

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