Digital Fluency in the Classroom

What is Digital Fluency?


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Our students will each present a differing set of technological skills, some will be barely able to turn on a computer whilst others will be building a webpage for fun. As stated by Howell (2012), “when students begin the early phase of schooling, their experiences of learning programs vary greatly, some students enter formal schooling having come from pre-school programs that have strong learning programs, some do not. So a problem faced by early years teachers is this wide-ranging continuum of skills (Howell 2012, p133)” . Spencer (2015) adds “Digital fluency can also be considered as part of a broader set of competencies related to ‘21st century’ learning. Being able to manipulate technologies so we can create and navigate information successfully is supported by our ability to work collaboratively, solve real-world problems creatively, pursue our own learning goals and so on”.

A suggested skillset for a child in Year four, as described by Howell , 2012, is provided upon slide one. Skills such as turning a computer on and off, start commonly utilised programs, successfully use a mouse, use Google or another similar search engine, possible experience in coding and robotics and finally, have an enthusiastic attitude towards technology  (Howell 2012, p133).

As technology changes and develops, Digital Fluency must adapt to the changes in order to achieve fluency. Howell (2012) states that “Children are continually innovating as they work within their worlds, learning to understand how things work (Howell 2012,  p137),” identifying the importance of adaption to new technology and skills  through the ease of innovation inherent within a child.

Slide two discusses  three methods, according to Holland (2013) for educating our students in Digital Fluency, including practices such as ‘flipping’ our lessons, scaffolding our classroom challenges and empowering our student leaders through increased Digital Fluency.



Holland, B. (December 16, 2013)

Howell, J. (09/2012). Teaching with ICT. [VitalSource Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from

Spencer, K. (October, 2015)

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