Why is Technological Fluency Important?

We always need to access, find, evaluate and use information effectively. A technological fluent individual will be an effective and productive citizen, both on the job and as a contributing member of society. The world's knowledge base is doubling every 12-13 months. It is impossible to consume all this knowledge, but it is possible for a technological fluent individual to utilize a desired portion of it as and when the need arises.

 

Student Dialog - I Am The Weakest Link

Brian: Hi Sage.

Sage: Hey Brian. What's up?

Brian: Not my ego, that's for sure. I'm supposed to do some research and produce a voice-over Prezi for a class team assignment. I'm clueless. I don't want to be a slacker, but…

Sage: You are the weakest link!

Brian: Yeah, I.. Hey! You are suppose to pat me on the back, tell me it will be OK, and so on!

Sage: Sorry Brian, but it's time for some tough love. You are the opposite of a technologically fluent person - you are technologically inarticulate. You don't have good information literacy OR digital literacy skills. You need to party less, and pick up some new skills fast!

Brian: Yeah, but where do I start?

Sage: For now, go to the library. I was just there recently and the librarian really helped me research a topic, and also showed me how to do it properly. The Penn State Media Commons can help you to help yourself with the voiceover.

Brian: It sounds like a lot of work…

Sage: It is. But when you graduate, do you really want to be the company slacker - no good skills, no good promotion, no fun times? Employers want people that are technologically fluent, not inarticulate.

Brian: OK, I'll give it a shot. Say, there's no chance you would want to teach me how to do this?

Sage: No, but I'll be more than happy to critique your drafts!

Brian: I was afraid of that. I am the weakest link!

 

Cartoon of Sage and Brian talking. Read the dialog above the cartoon.

Cartoon of Sage and Brian talking. Read the dialog above the cartoon.

Cartoon of Sage and Brian talking. Read the dialog above the cartoon.

Cartoon of Sage and Brian talking. Read the dialog above the cartoon.

Cartoon of Sage and Brian talking. Read the dialog above the cartoon. Cartoon of Sage and Brian talking. Read the dialog above the cartoon.

 

 

 

 

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