Digital fluency is a person’s ability to reliably achieve desired outcomes through use of digital technology. Makice (n.d.) mentions “being literate means you know what tools to use and how to use them, while fluency means you also know when and why to use them.” Students entering university for their first year have already the basics for digital fluency, but for the next four years these skills need to be developed (Howell, 2012). Students have used their own personal technologies and technologies in a school setting so their abilities towards using technology at a tertiary level is basic. Digital fluency is heavily correlated to becoming an effective lifelong learner because majority of the information we access is digital (Howell, 2012). Mac Manus (2013) makes a statement about the youth of the twenty first century, “They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers and other digital devices”. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment Reporting Authority heavily focuses on using technology where ever possible to broaden the basic skills of the students so they are better prepared in the digital world. Programs such as word processers, spreadsheets, presentation programs and using online web tools are important and frequently used programs by teachers and students in a learning experience. In such a digital world technology is more involved in people’s lives than ever before, with the advancement and use of technology continuously growing. Without a digital fluency, certain tasks would be very hard, or impossible to complete when so many tasks have to be completed online or with the assistance of technology.
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