Problems, Causes, and Effects

Training and Support

Problems

Causes

Effects
  • District lacks personnel with responsibility to coordinate technology
  • Inadequate funding
  • Lack of commitment and administrative support
  • No coordinated effort to utilize technology in curriculum (K-9)
  • Underutilization of present equipment
  • Not keeping up with technological changes
  • Limited student proficiency in use of current technology
  • Little support for staff who are interested in technology
  • Majority of staff members have little knowledge of the use of current technology
  • No master plan in the use of technology
  • Lack of in-district workshops on how to integrate technology into the curriculum
  • Fear of computers
  • Traditionally trained staff
  • Limited administrative support
  • Insufficient availability of home computers to staff
  • Technology often viewed as a separate subject
  • Underutilization of technology in the classroom
  • Little student exposure to the ways technology can enhance learning
  • Lengthy grading process
  • Time consuming preparation of lesson materials
  • Inconsistent student training in the use of technology
  • There has not been a commitment of time for staff to become proficient in the use of technology
  • Lack of administrative leadership
  • Full staff members' schedules
  • Change is perceived as unnecessary by some
  • Limits students' learning opportunities
  • Limited staff proficiency in the use of technology
  • Breeds complacency or frustration

Instruction

Problems

Causes

Effects
  • Technology is not being uniformly integrated into the curriculum
  • Some existing hardware/software lacks capabilities to meet current needs
  • Inconsistent priorities
  • Lack of personnel for guidance in hardware and software selection
  • Lack of funding
  • Lack of a technology plan
  • Inadequate administrative direction
  • Insufficient teacher awareness of available technologies
  • Insufficient training
  • Technology viewed as a separate entity from the educational process
  • Keyboarding and work processing skills are learned inconsistently
  • Students and teachers do not have access to current technologies
  • Students are not being prepared for a technological society
  • Limits instructional strategies
  • Specialized peripherals are not available for instruction
  • Current technology is not a familiar tool to students in their everyday learning
  • Some students and staff are computer-phobic
  • Limited student use of technology as a problem solving tool
  • Learning environment is not as rich orextensive as it could be through technology
  • • Inconsistent exposure to technology

Funding

Problems

Causes

Effects
  • There is a lack of consistent and adequate funding for technology
  • Education through technology viewed as and educational fad
  • Prevailing negative economic conditions
  • Threat of an eroding tax base
  • Lack of a long range technology plan
  • Untapped financial and community resources
  • Low budgetary priority for technology
  • Inadequate student preparation for societal demands
  • Limited learning opportunities
  • Limited access to information
  • Outdated and insufficient technology

Administrative Support

Problems

Causes

Effects
  • District lacks technological infrastructure
  • to facilitate operations
  • Low priority
  • Unawareness of benefits
  • limited appropriate hardware and software
  • Ineffective use of staff time
  • Inefficient information management
  • Poor print quality of written communications
  • Limited research capabilities
  • Excessive paper work

Communication

Problems

Causes

Effects
  • The school and community at large
  • have a limited ability to receive,
  • transfer and utilize information efficiently
  • Lack of adequate technology
  • Lack of funding
  • Lack of personnel to coordinate efforts
  • Loss of instructional time
  • Limited public relations
  • Limited sharing of ideas and resources
  • Increased paperwork
  • Duplication of efforts

Community Awareness

Problems

Causes

Effects
  • Educational benefits through the
  • use of technology are not being
  • communicated to the community
  • No defined plan that requires involvement
  • No plan coordinator
  • No process to introduce information to the community
  • Lack of support
  • Inadequate funding for technology
  • Untapped resources from the community

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