Digital Skills for 21st Century Kids

(What Educators Need to Teach)

Fluency vs. Literacy

  • Technical fluency - the task drives the use of the technology - learning the technology is incidental of that process
  • Media fluency - be able to look critically at the content and be able to understand how the medium is being used to communicate with the users
    • Skills educators need to teach as important as English, Math, History and Science:
      • Graphical Design
      • Color Theory
      • Video Editing
      • Use of Apparent Motion
  • Information fluency - being able to unconsciously and intuitively interpret information in all forms and formats in order to extract the essential knowledge and perceive its meaning and significance
    • Ask good questions
    • Access and Acquire
    • Analyze and Authenticate
    • Apply
    • Assess


What research tells us is that on average after two weeks we recall:
  • less than 10% of the content of what we read, about 20% of what we hear, like from a lecture
  • 20 to 30% of content simultaneously using two or more media, like looking at pictures or watching a movie
  • about 30% of lessons involving demonstration
  • about 50% of content that we hear and see like while watching a demonstration that uses two or more media simultaneously
  • 65-80%% of content that involves practice by doing like participating in a discussion or giving a talk
  • and about 90% that involves the teaching of a concept to others as well as the immediate application of the learning within the context of a real time, real world task or a simulation of that task

Click here to check out Bloom's Digital Taxonomy!

Resource: Jukes, Ian. Closing the Digital Divide . The InfoSavvy Group, May, 2008.