The study examined the use of digital diary as a tool for enhancing parental school involvement in Tanzania. The development of the digital diary followed eXtreme Programming agile method where 87 parents and 6 teachers from St. Florence school were involved. Parents and teachers were given six months to use the tool before testing for its effectiveness using data from 7 teachers and 156 parents through semi-structured interviews and questionnaires respectively. The study found that the majority of respondents (84.4% of parents and 96.7% of teachers) indicated that the digital diary was useful tool as enabled them to track children’s progress via their smartphones. Moreover, computer generated reports showed that messages to/from parents were delivered with approximately 90% success rate. This research argues for schools to adopt and use digital diaries for easy, engaging, and effective for better parental school involvement.
Jeremiah, Sekione R. and Mtebe, Joel S. PhD
"Development of Digital Diary for Enhanced Parental School Involvement in Tanzania,"
The African Journal of Information Systems: Vol. 10:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/ajis/vol10/iss3/6