Digital Literacy or Fluency?

Digital Literacy or Fluency?

I’m at the AdobeMAX conference in Los Angeles. Yesterday, on a Sunday no less, I spent a day with 280 other folks from higher education institutions learning and sharing about digital literacy.  But one of the presenters challenged us to think about what the difference is between literacy and fluency.

Let’s take a look at the definitions of literate and fluent:


  1. able to read and write.
  2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
  3. characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like


  1. spoken or written with ease
  2. able to speak or write smoothly, easily, or readily
  3. asy, graceful

You could have literacy in another language; understand the grammatical structure and able to write, but still not be able to speak it. If you are fluent, you are able to speak in that language with ease.  

Applying this to hot topic of digital literacy, we may want to push for digital fluency for our students. That they will be able to consume and create digital assets easily or with fluency.  

Will this make a difference in how we immerse our content into digital?