Digital Identities and Digital Security

   Visual Summation

Howell, J (2012). Teaching With ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne VIC. Oxford Press

(Moudhi AL-Jamea  2013) Online User’s. Retrieved from
Cisco (2015) – Security for the Digital World. Retrieved from

                       Digital Fluency

(Written Summation)

Digital Fluency refers to the having the skills to use digital technologies in a confident way (Howell, 2012).

Fluency refers to being flexible, appropriate and accurate, which in this context means how easy our language and speech skills flow. In the digital world it means the level of ability for people to use technology.

It isn’t always known as Digital Fluency, at times it is referred to as ICT fluency, Digital competence and Digital Literacy. We often see it broken down into lists and competencies. In some contexts, it is even defined as a separate set of competencies or curriculum (White, 2013)

Digital Fluency can be a combination of three aspects including –

Digital Proficiency: able to use and understand technology and its system

Digital Literacy: cognitive skills such as being able to read, create and have a good understanding of how to make decisions on. applying technology skills

Social Competence: being able to communicate and understand others

Being digital fluent requires a person to be able to go above and beyond their skill level with forms of technology. If someone is digital fluent they are not only able to use technology tools and follow instructions but they can explain what they do and how they work.

As digital fluency is now an expectation of the Australian Curriculum, it is very important that teachers seek to develop this critical set of skills, so they can apply it into their classroom. (Howell, 2012. Pg.139)

Another reason it is important to start teaching children from a young age is so they can be successful in many other areas of life.

In the years ahead, digital fluency will become a prerequisite for obtaining jobs, participating meaningfully in society, and learning throughout a lifetime. (Resnick, 2002, p. 33) [via White, 2013]”


Howell, J (2012). Teaching With ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne VIC. Oxford Press

Briggs, C. (2012). Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age.

ETS, (2007). Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy – A Report of the International ICT Literacy Panel

Fullan, M. & Langworthy, M. (2014). A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Find Deep Learning.

Ministry of Education, (2014). Future Focused Learning in Connected Communities

NetSafe, (2015). Digital citizenship in schools

UNESCO, (2011).Digital literacy in education

Wenmoth, D. (2015). Information fluency and (2013) Our digital aspiration.

            What is a Digital World?

  (Audio Summation)

Script for Audio

Let’s explore what a Digital World is

The digital world is that of what we see around us every day. Smart phones, IPad, Tablets, computers and laptops.  Over the years the digital world keeps advancing. Computer for an example started off large and bulky and couldn’t be moved, now as time has passed, we have laptop computers which are transportable

Mobile Technologies have made our lives easier, especially when it comes to communication

Landline phones updated to mobile phones, posting letters updated to sending emails

“Digital Pedagogy is the study of how to teach using digital technologies” (Howell,

“Teachers must understand how technologies will affect learning and they must also be able to use the technology themselves” (Howell, 2012. pg.15)

Digital Technology is all around students in the classroom. Smart boards (interactive white boards), Laptops and IPad

Teachers teach via online learning systems where the students can access aspects of their learning online in their own time. Maths online/Mathletics and Google classroom which are used for teachers to set a range of homework tasks online for children

“If you made it more interesting we would respond better.” This is what students said in Marc Prensky’s studies in ‘The 21st Century Digital Learner’ Article. (Prensky, 2008)

By using digital technology, it becomes visually appealing for the students and being able to interact with peers and teachers via these technologies really can help the 21st Century Learner actually want to learn.

The digital world extends outside of school but plays a part in what teachers need to be aware of, as social media is where students put their personal life online and this can affect their well being and learning. Teachers are using the Digital World more every day and this is important that students understand this world, as it can be used for employment later in life.


Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity,
Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia.

Prensky, M (2008) ‘The 21st Century Digital Learner’.

Julian, D (2008) Project Tomorrow Blog,

                Final Reflection

Every day in Education the digital world is used in some way, shape or form. Whether it be in the classroom or for homework. It is important that teachers are always aware of digital security and keeping the student and themselves fluent with all the changes.

As I was researching and completing my summations, using Storify, Moovly and Word press, I became very aware of how easy it is to make a digital footprint in the digital world. My blog, my visual and my audio, is all made ‘public’ for the world to see. Most websites I found though, do have settings where you are able to set page too private, although this does not remove your digital footprint it does help keeping students and teacher information safe.

Students in Marc Prensky’s studies mentioned “If you made it more interesting we would respond better.” (Prensky, 2008). Being a visual learner myself, I found it easy to see how making learning creative and visual, keeps students engaged and wanting to learn.

‘Educators must be aware of how technology effects learning and the importance of strategies used to teacher correctly’. (Howell, 2013. Pg15). Not only this teachers, need to know how to use the technology themselves. This came very apparent to myself, when I started designing my Blog. I believed my fluency with all digital components were quite high. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case and it was a learning curve, that I needed to develop my own strategies to be able to complete.

The Digital World has a great influence on every one today in the 21st Century. Especially as every day it is expanding even more in to the Education world and then into the employment world.

As a future educator, I know to always keep in mind, that we are teaching a world of visual and digital learner’s. Follow guidelines, be creativity and have fun, this will always keep your students engaged.


Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity,
Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia.

Prensky, M (2008) ‘The 21st Century Digital Learner’.


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