Educational Tools in the Clouds: Assessing Chemistry Teachers’ Level of Awareness

Dr Mary Imo Inyang, Dr Nsimeneabasi Michael Udoh & Dr Mabel Obioma Ajah

Abstract

The study investigated chemistry teachers’ level of awareness of free internet based educational tools in Calabar Education Zone of Cross River State.  Five research questions guided the study.  The entire population of eighty four chemistry teachers from the seventy nine public secondary schools in the educational zone constituted the sample for the study.  The sample comprising forty one male and forty three female chemistry teachers successfully completed the questionnaire which was the instrument for data collection.  Simple percentage was used to analyse the research questions. Results of the analysis revealed that (1) thirty eight (45.2%) of the chemistry teachers have high internet literacy level (2) most of the chemistry teachers 59 (70.2%) exhibit moderate level of internet access (3) only 17 (20.2%) have a high level of awareness of online educational tools (4) male chemistry teachers have higher awareness level than their female counterparts and (5) level of awareness decreases with increase in years of service of the chemistry teachers.  Based on the results, it was recommended, among others, that seminars and workshops should be organised to sensitize chemistry teachers on availability of internet based educational tools.

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