Digital fluency is described as being able to decide when to use different types of technology to do what you need to do and be able to say why you used them. To show off understanding of technology, one must be able to know where to access information and access it, decide if the information is credible, and be able to produce content as well (Howell,2012). The world is being taken over by the digital age, and there is more information on the internet then there is in books, with print media falling out. The access that is available in the current years have surpasses all before them, however the number of falsified or incorrect information on the internet is high, and to be digitally fluent, you must be able to sort through it all (Howell,2012).
“In the years ahead, digital fluency will become a prerequisite for obtaining jobs, participating meaningfully in society, and learning throughout a lifetime.” (White,2013). This alludes to the importance of the future of the next generations. Teaching becomes even more important as the level of digital fluency will decide jobs in the future. Teachers first must have a fundamental level understanding of their own digital fluency before being able to teach others, this then means that students must learn to be digitally fluent before getting out of school. High schools and university level education requires the students to research on their own, and find references in library books, or more likely, online journal articles and other such sources (Howell,2012). Students are also required to use programs like kahoots, Weebly, google, and news websites, to find the information needed for class or assignments. This level of digital fluency is of paramount importance in education as it will give us tools and knowledge needed for any future careers for personal goals.
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