# Ghanaian Senior High School students access to and experiences in the use of Information and Communication Technology

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5 Education in a technological world: communicating current and emerging research and technological efforts A. Méndez-Vilas (Ed.) or do not use the computer at school. Chi Square analysis x2 (2, N = 288) = 26.34, p< 0.05 indicates that most of the participants use the computer at least once in a week or do not use it at all. A small number of the students (5.2%) use the internet at school every day; 2.4% use the internet at school at least three days a week; 6.6% of the students use the internet at school at least one day in a week; and almost all of them (85.1%) never use the internet at school. Very few students (6.6%) use a mobile phone at school every day; a small number (1.4%) use mobile phones at least three days a week; 5.2% of the students use mobile phones at least one day in a week and the vast majority of students (86.5%) do not use mobile phones at school. Table 3 frequencies and percentages on how often students use ICT tools Response Computer Internet Mobile Phone Everyday 17 Per cent Per cent Percentage 6.6 At least three days At least one day Never Total Twenty five percent of the students use computer out of school every day; quite a good number of the students (24.1%) use computer out of school at least three days a week; 24.7% of the students use computer out of school at least one day a week and 25.4% of the students do not use the computer out of school. Chi Square analysis x2 (2, N = 287) = 36.63, p < 0.05 shows that most of the participants use computer out of school at least one day in a week or not at all. Very few students (10.2%) use internet out of school every day; good number of students (25.7%) use the internet out of school at least three days; 25% use the internet out of school at least one day in a week; and majority (39.1%) never use the internet out of school. Chi Square analysis x2 (3, N = 284) = 47.43, p < 0.05 indicates that a significant number of participants never use internet out of school. Almost all the students (96.8%) use mobile phones everyday out of school; only few (2.4%) of students use mobile phones at least three days in a week out of school, and a very small number (.8%) either use mobile phones out of school once a week, or never at all. 4.5 Research question 5: what students use ICT tools for At home, few students (11.8%) use computers for learning (e.g. to do their homework, to acquire knowledge and skills in a certain domain or to access information related to domain of interest). Quite a good number of students (22.5%) use computer at home for entertainment; Majority of the students (38.7%) use computers at home to acquire computer skills (e.g., word processing, typing tutorial, master some concepts related to computer use). Chi Square analysis x2 (4, N = 288) = 72.83, p < 0.05 suggests that a significant number of the participants use computer at home to acquire computer skills. At school, most of the students (50.9%) use computer for learning. Few of them (5.9%) use computer for entertainment; and 24.2% use computers at school to acquire computer skills. Outside school, some students (22.9%) use internet for learning (e.g. to submit homework, research for academic work, etc.); other students (11.6%) use internet outside school for entertainment; others (21.8%) use internet outside school for social communication (e.g. Facebook, chatting with friends, twitter, etc.); and majority of the students (39.3) do not use internet outside the school. At school, 23.2% of students use internet for learning. Few of them (1.5%) use internet for entertainment; and % use internet at school for social communication. Majority (61.8) of students do not use internet at school. Outside school few students (7.5%) use mobile phone for learning (e.g. contact their teachers, exchange academic ideas with others, etc.); others (6.9%) use mobile phones for entertainment; but majority of students (81.7%) use mobile phones for social communication. Chi Square analysis x2 (3, N = 279) = 479.8, p < 0.05 indicates that a significant number of participants use mobile phones for social communication. Table 4 shows frequencies and percentages of what students use mobile phone for. 220

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