Digital Literacy Vs. Digital Fluency

The first step to finding out why it is important to be digitally literate is figuring out what digital literacy is. According to Karen Spencer, CEO and founder of Whole Child international, digital literacy is “cognitive or intellectual competencies, which include being able to read, create, evaluate, and make judgements and apply technical skills while doing so” (2015). To me, this means that you are able to apply your skills and knowledge to technology to enable you to share your skills and knowledge digitally. She describes digital fluency as having the wisdom to use technology in a respectful way while demonstrating your social skills to make you succeed in today’s digital world. She uses this chart to show the difference between digital proficiency, literacy, and fluency.

According to the Digital Learning Initiative in 2015 the ten most essential elements to digital learning are: “student eligibility, student access, personalized learning, advancement, quality content, quality instruction, quality choices, assessment and accountability, funding, and delivery.” This means that all students will be given the opportunity to use technology, taught how to use it with quality programs, and assessed on how well they use it. Technology will be used to help each student succeed and give them help in areas that are specific to them improve their learning. They will also be given choices on what technology to use and how to use it to allow their own personal thinking and problem solving. I believe that this initiative made some very good points about what is needed to help students learn how to use technology in and out of the classroom.

I think that I already know how to use most technology in a way that is beneficial to me and my education. I have been given a very good education on technology and how to use it for school. However, in this class, I would like to learn how to share it better with my future classroom and what to teach the younger students about technology and how to use it. In this class, I expect to learn how to use technology to benefit my classroom and further my personal digital literacy.

I believe that in order to become effective digital learners and leaders, we need to have the knowledge to share and be able to use technology well. We cannot effectively teach how to use technology if we, ourselves, do not know how to use it well. We cannot be leaders of technology unless we demonstrate how to use it often and with success. I believe that as future teachers in this digital world we need to use and teach how to use technology for the future success of our students.


Digital Learning Now Initiative . (2015). 10 Elements. Retrieved from Digital Learning Now:

Heick, T. (2016). The Definition of Digital Literacy. Retrieved from The Definition of Digital Literacy :

Spencer, K. (2015, October 30). Karen Spencer . Retrieved from What is Digital Fluency:


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