THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ON STUDENTS STUDY HABITS

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.0 DEFINITION/MEANING

Information and  communication technology is an umbrella term that includes any communication devices or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computers and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as video conferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care   and libraries.

BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

The impact of ICT on learning is currently in relation to use of digital media, primarily computers and instinct to facilitate teaching and learning. ICTs are the technologies used in  conveying, manipulating and  storage of data electronic means, this provide an array of powerful  tools that may help in transforming the present isolated teacher centered and text bound classrooms into rich, student focused, interactive, knowledge environment. To meet these challenges, learning institutions must embrace the new technologies and appreciate ICT tools for learning.

The direct link between ICT   use and students study habit and academic performance   has been the focus of extensive literature during the last two decades. Some of them help students with their learning improving the communication between them and the instructors, (Valasidou and Bousiou 2005). Leuven et al (2004) stated that there is no evidence for a relationship between increased educational use of ICT and students performance. Infact, they find a consistently negative and marginally significant relationship between ICT   use and some students achievements measures.

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