Digital Technology: Effectiveness and Implications on Students Academic Achievement


Authors : Iroriteraye-Adjekpovu Janice Imizuokena

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 3 - March

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6461416

Considering the importance of digital technology in the 21st century and its importance in educational development and advancement, thisstudy investigated the effectiveness of digital technology in the teaching and learning on students’ academic achievement and retention in secondary schools, using Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State as a case study. To guide the study four (4) research questions and four hypotheses were formulated. The study employed descriptive survey as research design and enrolled one hundred and twenty-seven (120) randomly selected voluntary respondents across five secondary schools in the study area. Well-structured and validated questionnaire was used as an instrument for data collection with reliability coefficient of 0.77 using Cronbach alpha. Analysis of data was carried out using Microsoft Office Excel Version 2016 to analyze for sample mean and standard deviationand student’s t-test was used to test for the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the study showed that students taught using digital technology performs when better compared to those taught without digital technology. The study also showed that students with internet connection from a home computer and personal cell phones performed better than those with nointernet connections from home computers and personal cell phones. Furthermore, the results showed that students taught with traditional based lessons performed less compared to their counterpart taught using digital technology. The study however recommended that government should provide relevant and up to date digital facilities for teaching and learning in secondary school; teachers should be trained and retrained on the utilization of digital tools to facilitates teaching and learning processes in secondary schools; and curriculum planners should restructure secondary school curriculum

Keywords : Achievement, effectiveness, digital technology, learning, retention, teaching.

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