To be digitally fluent would be similar to how comfortable we are with wrist watches (Jones & Hafner, 2021, p. 4). Before mobile telephones with built-in digital timekeepers became so pervasive, few technologies seemed more like ‘extensions’ of our bodies than wristwatches. Sometimes people even think of watches as extensions of their minds. Consider the following conversation: A: Excuse me, do you know what time it is? B: Sure (looks at his watch). It’s 4:15. In this example, B acted as if the time was in their brain and not in the watch. The watch and the brain are like one.
The watch example is the way educational tools can be viewed once digital fluency is achieved. Using Jamboard [ATTACH LINK], for example will be like using chalk on a chalkboard. Digital tools will simply be an extension of your hand.
These days, becoming digitally fluent is more about overcoming psychological barriers than it is about overcoming technological barriers, which is why we will include in this FLO course a module on cognitive bias.