I’ve just run across a document which draws a distinction between technology literacy and technology fluency. Literacy is defined as the capability to use current technology. Fluency is the capability to independently learn and use new technologies. Obviously, fluency should be our goal, since technology evolves rapidly. This idea helps make the argument that specific software programs, for example, should not be the focus of instruction. This is still an issue in education, where Microsoft Word, for example, is often taught as if it were a separate subject. I believe that developing fluency rather than literacy requires teaching the underlying skills most often required by teachers, such as writing, presentation, and data analysis. The computer then becomes a tools to use for these processes. When a different tool is used, the underlying skills do not change. It is conceptually very easy, then, to change the particular software tool. This type of abstraction is conceptually very easy for kids, as evidenced by their speed in learning new software on an iPad, for example. I believe a  small change in presentation in the classroom can make a big difference in how students approach new technologies, and can lead to technology fluency rather than mere literacy. 

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