Digital fluency is described as being confident in the use of technology (Howell, 2012). It does not specifically mean to be fluent in all areas of technology, but to be fluent in specific areas (Howell, 2012). For example, an individual may be able to competently use Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel, Publisher etc. but may not be as confident in using Apple products, such as IPhone and IPad. That individual would still be considered digitally fluent in certain aspects.

Digital fluency is also being competent enough to work with software or technology that an individual may be unsure about, but still be confident to find a way to work out how to use it (Hutchings, 2012). One example may be, not knowing how to use an iPhone. A digitally fluent individual would not shy away from this opportunity to play with a new piece of technology and perhaps even use the internet or a different technology to find out how to use the digital piece.


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