AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION OF ICT FACILITIES AT DIGITAL PARK OF FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC AT NEKEDE BY HND STUDENTS
Effective communication is of great importance in teaching-learning situation. That is why Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN, 2004) provides that ICT devices will be used to improve communication as well as for expansion of instructional techniques in schools. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are technological gadgets that receive, process, store, retrieve and disseminate information. It is in response to the need for ICT in schools that this study was undertaken to assess the availability and utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices at Digital Park of Federal Polytechnic at Nekede, Imo State. Four research questions guided the study. The instrument used for data collection was structured questionnaire. Pearson’s Moment Correlation Co-efficient was used to calculate the reliability co-efficient of the pilot tests to get established reliability value of 0.78. The data collected were analysed using mean scores. It was found among other things that ICT devices are not adequately utilized, personnel to operate ICT devices are not adequately trained and most of the ICT devices are not in good working condition in schools studied. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: urgent review and implementation of policy on ICT adaptation in Digital Park of Federal Polytechnic at Nekede, Imo Stzate, recruitment and posting of qualified personnel to operate ICT devices in secondary schools, review of teacher education curriculum to incorporate ICT skills and training and encouraging individuals and non-governmental agencies to participate in the provision and maintenance of ICT devices.
1.0 Background to Study
Transferring relevant information, values, skills, attitudes, beliefs, and moral for the collective well being of the individual and his society requires proper and effective communication. Teaching and learning is all about communication between the teacher and the learner or between the learner and the learning materials which involves giving and receiving information. Means of transferring Information or lesson content to learners are of great importance. Since the evolution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), giving and receiving information have not remained the same. ICT is gaining global recognition in the evolution of information dissemination (National Open University 2012). According to Homby (2004), Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are electronic technologies used for information storage and retrieval. Ayodele (2002) in Oluwarobi (2012) defined ICT as electronic-based technology that is generally used to retrieve store, process, and package information as well as provide access to knowledge.