Problems, Causes, and Effect

Support Personnel

PROBLEM

CAUSE(S)

EFFECTS

Insufficient support personnel
  • Increased user base
  • Inadequate identification of training needs

 

  • Staff/student frustration
  • Equipment under utilized
  • No training available during day
  • Potentially reduced support for technical plan
  • Reduced curriculum integration of technology
  • Reduced opportunity for advanced student projects

 

Curriculum Integration of Technology

PROBLEM

CAUSE(S)

EFFECTS
Some staff not currently utilizing training opportunities to full potential
  • Time over-commitment of staff
  • Limited substitute availability
  • Complexity of advanced technology
  • Lack of technological aptitude
  • Under-utilization of advanced technology
  • Inconsistency of student exposure
  • Projection of negativity by some staff
  • Perception by administration that there is resistance to change
  • Fear of failure
Some staff members resist change
  • Lack of understanding of technological benefits
  • Staff insecurity
  • Technophobia
  • Time management
  • Perception that technology is an added curriculum component rather than a tool
  • Perception that technology must be used by all—at all times
  • Inconsistent student exposure
  • Projection of negativity
  • (Staff) peer isolation
  • Perception by staff that they are less effective

    in the classroom

  • Lost opportunity for professional growth
Integrating technology into the curriculum
  • Lack of staff knowledge
  • Time commitment requirement
  • Management styles/strategies
  • Under-utilization of technology
  • Reduced student opportunities
Under-utilization of technology by staff
  • Lack of knowledge of hardware and software
  • Lack of time
  • Not setting priorities
  • Students miss curriculum opportunities
  • Teachers lose exciting opportunities to enhance learning
There is a lack of coordination within the curriculum
  • 5 year plan not yet complete
  • Lack of standards/ competencies identified in curriculum guides
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of staff communication
  • Missed student opportunities
  • Missed teacher opportunities
  • Potential for lost investment
  • Increased requirement for staff training
  • Reduced coordination of software purchasing
There is a lack of coordination between staff and media specialists
  • No planning time scheduled
  • Staff schedule conflicts
  • Reduced quality of research
  • Wasted time
  • Increased staff/student frustration
  • Failure to utilize all resources effectively
Standardization of technology deployment does not meet individual teaching styles
  • No mechanism in place to do this analysis
  • Lack of models to follow
  • Teaching styles dictate "access to pods" vs. "access to lab" vs. "Ulti-Media machine"
  • Under utilization of technology in some areas
  • Teacher frustration/resistance
Inconsistency of student technological experience
  • New students
  • Inconsistent use of technology by staff
  • Inconsistent staff training
  • Lack of coordination of technology use throughout the curriculum
  • Lack of technology access outside the school
  • Some students are not capable of expected proficiency
  • Students cannot fully utilize technology available

 

Hardware Availability

PROBLEM

CAUSE(S)

EFFECTS

Lack of access to technology for all disciplines, including specials, specialists, and special education
  • Technology plan distribution understanding
  • Unclear committee understanding of needs
  • Distribution plan was not specific enough
  • Lack of integration into specialists and special education areas
  • Under utilization of Ulti-Media machines
  • Reduced faculty morale
  • Lower student understanding of technology integration potential
Students in classrooms without pods are not receiving technology benefits
  • Multi-year completion of technology plan
  • Limited money
  • Self-contained classroom vs departmentalized structure & distribution strategy
  • Some classrooms must wait till conclusion of plan
  • Some delay in the delivery of technology skills to those teachers
  • Potential parental concern

    Insufficient access to class sized labs

  1. Not enough labs
  2. Not enough workstations in labs
  • Not incorporated into original plan
  • Limited space
  • Limited money
  • Perceived lack of program effectiveness
  • Projects take longer because of access issues
  • Scheduling problems with existing labs
Lack of secured faculty work stations
  • Not included in original plan
  • Limited space
  • Limited money
  • Lack of area to work on sensitive records/files
  • Inability to develop comprehensive lesson plans using technology

 

Application Issues

PROBLEM

CAUSE(S)

EFFECTS
Software does not address Bow curriculum which is based on NH State Standards
  • Lack of teacher awareness
  • Unrealistic teacher expectations
  • Limited funding for software
  • Inefficient process for previewing/ selecting / ordering software
  • Classroom software in use may not directly

address or assess state standards

  • Reduced ability to integrate technology
  • Reduced opportunity to integrate technology
  • Potential to waste software money
Little or no locally produced software or classroom specific software
  • Lack of time to develop software
  • Lack of teacher awareness of available software
  • Software is not meeting specific academic

    needs

New software does not run or runs poorly in older hardware
  • Successive revisions of software have had increased hardware requirements
  • Lack of realization regarding flexible file saving procedures
  • Increased confusion/loss of time
  • Incompatibility of file formats
  • Lack of standardization

 

Community Information on Technology

PROBLEM

CAUSE(S)

EFFECTS
The community at large is not getting updated information at regular intervals.
  • New community members
  • No coordination of information
  • Over-extension of commitments by all
  • No comprehensive communication plan
  • Communication methods have not been effective
  • Lack of support and buy-in by the uninformed
  • Under-utilization of technology
  • Missed opportunity for community recognition

 

Funding

PROBLEM

CAUSE(S)

EFFECTS

The availability of future funding
  • Growth in community
  • Limited tax rate
  • Taxpayer anxiety
  • Income disparity
  • New High School
  • Perception of under utilization of educational technology
  • Degrading of program
  • Inability to afford new changes
  • Inability to run new software programs
  • Students being ill-prepared

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