In the current educational environment, in particular for students in Prep to Year Three, digital fluency is just as important as fluency in language, numeracy and literacy skills. So much so that in recent years, amendments to the curriculum have included specific requirements relating to levels of digital competence (Australian Curriculum, n.d.). I believe that a curriculum in this digital age needs to respond quickly to ever-evolving digital advances.
I found it interesting to discover that by the end of Year Three, students are expected to be proficient in a range of digital skills including being able to turn a computer on and off, use a mouse, initiate programs and conduct basic internet searchers using key words (Howell, 2012). Considering my first experience with a computer didn’t occur until my teenage years, and that experience came through a standalone IT subject, this emphasised to me that children are now exposed to digital technology in all stages of development, with the early years being the most influential.
As a future educator I am now aware that to assist students to become digitally fluent I will need to incorporate digital technology into all subject areas and vary how the students use each tool. I will need to ensure that lesson structures provide students with the freedom to explore the potential of digital technology either individually or through exchanging ideas and peer supported learning. It is my responsibility to maintain a high level of digital fluency in order to provide my students with the appropriate guidance as their digital fluency developments.
I was surprised to learn that digital technology is far more accommodating than I imagined, and is a great way to encourage students to experiment through investigation and be creative using digital tools and complete purposeful activities (Howell, 2012).
Australian Curriculum. (n.d.) Digital Technologies. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/digital-technologies/curriculum/f-10?layout=1
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Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
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