Title: Technology Usage by Young Learners at Home and at School - A Nexus

Year of Publication: Jun - 2015
Page Numbers: 14-29
Authors: Perienen Appavoo, K M Sunjiv Soyjaudah, Vinaye Armoogum
Conference Name: The Third International Conference on Digital Information Processing, E-Business and Cloud Computing (DIPECC2015)
- Mauritius

Abstract:


With increased affordability and multifunctionalities, computing devices are ubiquitous. Today, there is strong beliefs that ICT can positively impact learning, resulting in mounting pressure on stakeholders and educationalists to provide these tools for learning empowerment. This research paper investigates the extent of use of different technologies by young students both at home and school. Two hundred and twenty students, girls and boys of Lower six (year 11) from 45 schools, both private and public, participated in this study. The study describes the panoply of computer-based activities practiced by them, with special emphasis on the learning aspect. It then reveals that while students were regular users of technology at home, the school environment offered a contrasting picture depicting limited integration of ICT in the learning process. Interestingly though, this study also reveals that students perceived ICT as a useful tool in the learning process, favoring independent and selflearning. This paper posits learners’ acceptance of technology for attaining their learning goals. It therefore provides valuable insights to stakeholders of our educational system with regards to the effective integration of ICT as a means to provide alternative learning modes to learners intending to perform better in major subject areas including Mathematics which is a cornerstone of successful living.