Week 6 Topic: Digital Fluency

Building on the ideas from last week when we explored digital information we now start examining the skills we need to learn in a digital world. The first that we will examine is digital fluency. We will define this term and see the types of skills we need to be a fully participating member of the digital world. You will see that there is a mixed set of skills needed, but do we need to be digitally fluent to participate? How much do you participate and what skills do you need? These are important things to consider because when you become a teacher you will need to help your students develop these skills.

You will need to read chapter 9 from the textbook which looks at this topic in a lot more detail and also there is an online newspaper article to read and a more visual reading – a Pinterest board. Which of these modes of information do you prefer to use? Why?


The reading from the textbook (Howell, 2012) is Chapter 9.

The additional readings this week are:

A Pinterest board: Kevin Makice’s board on digital fluency

An online newspaper article: The Guardian “Getting young people fluent in digital”


You have two videos to watch this week:

  1. The lecture video
  2. How to use: Scratch

Also read this “how to” on searching with Google. Have you found something useful that you didn’t know before? Share it in your post on the Discussion Board.

Learning Activities (Discussion Board)

This week your online tasks are:

1. Create a short animation using Scratch.

Watch the How to use: Scratch video, then go to the Scratch website. Explore the different options available then have fun making an animation. First, post a ink to your animation on the Discussion Board and then have fun viewing some from other students and post some feedback.

2. Place a link to your Scratch project on your Blog. Write about the experience of learning this program.

More Scratch resources can be found here. If you find other useful resources post them in your thread on the DB.


This week you have explored several new topics. Review some of these experiences and see if you can answer these questions:

Can you define digital fluency?

What skills do we need to actively participate in the digital world?

What is Scratch?

How could you develop digital fluency in your students?

How could you use Scratch in a classroom setting?




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Living and Learning in the Digital World; Teaching in a Digital World; Information and Communication Technology

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