Times have changed; this is now a digital world. The majority of the Australian workforce revolves around digital technology in one way or another. This digital technology is only gaining momentum; making it imperative that today’s students go off into the world digitally fluent. This attitude is called digital expectancy and is driven by six “typical stakeholders in the schooling system” (Howell, 2012, p.60); students, teachers, parents, employers, government and the wider community. They all expect students to be digitally fluent to succeed in a digital world. It is very apparent that those who aren’t will be at a big disadvantage.
This is why the digital divide is such an important topic. A gap exists in Australian society between students who have access to digital technology and those who do not. Teachers need to recognise the importance of bridging the gap between these students to stamp out the digital divide and provide all students equal opportunity. Using technology in the classroom is a necessity if students are to graduate their education skilled and digitally fluent. Teachers who strive to learn new digital technologies will be at an advantage themselves in this digital world; further reinforcing the importance of teacher/student collaboration. (200 words.)
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