I’d always thought literacy and fluency were similar or the same in meaning. After some research and this weeks tasks, I’ve learnt that I am digitally literate when using most programs and devices, although I am not digitally fluent at them, and my skills could use some tweaking and building. The link below describes the differences well and in a visual way, it also has a discussion on the topic relating to everyday life.
http://www.socialens.com/blog/2011/02/05/the-difference-between-digital-literacy-and-digital-fluency/A specific task of creating a scratch animation was assigned as a part of this week’s study. Frustration, impatience and a feeling of defeat were some emotions I had to get past after quite a few attempts at using this program. I feel this program would be beneficial if used within the classroom although some things to consider would be time, as it would take a lot of time for new users to learn the ropes and after discussion with peers it was thought that it would suit older primary students or high school aged students as it does require certain skills to get an effective outcome of an engaging animation. Watch this YouTube clip to see how year 4 students used and enjoyed the program when learning programming skills within their classroom http://youtu.be/g5YoITDt6kQ . They seemed quite confident with their skills they were learning and I feel it would make a great group assignment.
As far as using this program for introducing new ideas or lesson topics, a teacher could, if fluent with the program, create something quite engaging and entertaining to present to the students. If I were a teacher, I would use this program to create a presentation for parents using the children’s voices and characters we had designed together as a class, therefore involving students and capturing parents attention in a fun yet informative way as well.
Please have a look at the Mr Elephant scratch animation I created by clicking on the following http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/20538715/
Digital fluency Image (2011). Retrieved from http://www.socialens.com/blog/2011/02/05/the-difference-between-digital-literacy-and-digital-fluency/
Developing children’s programming skills: Using scratch to introduce programming. (2013). You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5YoITDt6kQ