{Digital Fluency ~ if you have an itch, Scratch it}

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This week explored the skills needed to learn in a digital world with the new topic of digital fluency. Digital Fluency is the ability to use different types of technologies in a confident, creative and productive manner (Howell, 2012). For example, expanding students’ experiences with word processing through a lesson that includes typing formal letters with specified font formats and margins, enables students’ to understand the importance of developing skills beyond the basic word processing skills, emerging into the value of when and how to apply, create and produce particular skills.

In addition to learning the definition of digital fluency, this weeks’s creative task put most to the test by actively participating with the Web 2.0 program Scratch. Scratch allows users to program interactive stories, games, and animations and then share with others globally online (Scratch, 2014). Consequently, it proved to be quite a challenge for most however, after some trial and error the results appeared relatively positive in understanding how integrating such a program into the classroom can engage students in learning to think critically, problem solve, reason systematically and work collaboratively to develop the essential skills for life-long learning.

Click here or the image below to view:  My Scratch Project {Digital Fluency}

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“Young people today have lots of experience interacting with new technologies, but a lot less so of creating [or] expressing themselves with new technologies. It’s almost as if they can read but not write”(Resnick, 2012).

Further discussion of digital fluency and the benifits of using Scratch in classrooms can be found on the below Tedtalk, Lets teach kids to code by Computer Scientist Mitch Resnik:

References

Howell, J. (2014). Digital Information [ilecture]. Retrieved from http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/822c603c-a7da-4f41-8466-5103980d029e

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Oxford University Press.

Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab. (n.d). About Scratched for educators. Retrieved from Retrieved from http://scratch.mit.edu/educators/

Osman.J. (2014.) Digital Fluency by Joanna Osman. Scratch. retrieved from http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/20980654/#player

TedTalk. (2012). Lets teach kids to code. Mitch Resnick [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/mitch_resnick_let_s_teach_kids_to_code
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