Problem Identification & Solutions

Five Year Plan 
for Technology Implementation 
School City of Hobart

Current use of technology does not support the curricular needs of all students.

Lack of technology resources
Lack of staff training with existing equipment and software.
Lack of knowledge of how to integrate technology into the curriculum.
Conflicts in scheduling of lab time.
Lack of technical support.
Lack of coordination and communication between buildings regarding software.
Lack of preparation time.

Teachers are reluctant to incorporate alternate instructional strategies.
Technology used by students is not consistent from building to building and classroom to classroom.
Technology usage is viewed as a separate part of curriculum instead of integrated.
Students are less prepared for opportunities beyond the formal education.
Students are less successful and less motivated.
Increased absenteeism/tardiness/discipline problems.
Standardized test scores go down.
Lack of curricular variety.


Provide a variety of opportunities for staff technology access and training.

Provide additional opportunities for staff training:

Learning activities will better meet the needs of all students.
Better staff usage of technology and alternate teaching styles.
Greater equity in teacher/student usage of technology district-wide.
Students will be more motivated to attend school.
Increased student achievement.

Technology is not used effectively by staff.

Lack of training at a variety of levels
Lack of time
Lack of hardware and software
Limited release time
Lack of teacher networking
Lack of teacher access to communication tools

Fear and anxiety of technology
Unable to fully utilize technology
Teacher effectiveness is hampered

Provide initial and continuing training for all staff

Provide hands on experience for all users taking into account novice vs. advanced users
Provide appropriate demonstrations of applications for integration into the curriculum
Provide appropriate in-service opportunities
Provide necessary personnel to run labs
Provide each teacher with a computer system
Provide each teacher with access to appropriate video hardware and software.
Equip each classroom with communication tools

Raise technology comfort levels among staff
Increased learning opportunities for students
Instructional time and technology will be used more efficiently by teachers and students
Creation and participation in teacher networking
Improved communication with the home and community

The school district has limited funds for technology and training.

Low assessed evaluation per pupil dollar spending
Competition for available monies

Limited and unequal distribution of technology in the district

Develop a long-range funding strategy to acquire adequate, on going funds for an equitable district-wide infusion of technology for all staff and students.

Hire a grant writer to develop funding proposals, newsletters
Explore financing alternatives towards procuring technology
Develop a presentation packet for use in the community with parents and local businesses

Improved access to up-to-date technology and equal distribution district-wide
More predictable supply of funds
Increased support of district plans forming partnerships between local businesses and the schools

Current library cataloging and inventory methods are out-of-date.

Lack of technology
Lack of funding

Underutilization of book and media resources.
Resource checking in and out is time consuming.
Inefficient inventory procedures (days each year).
Student and staff research is not efficient and comprehensive.

Provide equipment and training resources to establish a state-of-the-art library resource center.

Establish an on-line catalog system for each library collection.
Establish research centers with telecommunications access to on-line databases locally and throughout the world.
Establish an effective network of information resources to all schools, office areas, and classrooms.
Provide staff development opportunities to effect proper utilization of library resources.

Effective utilization of book and media resources.
Efficient use of research time by students and staff.
More comprehensive research capabilities.
Students will gain research skills essential for success in the 21st Century.
Efficient use of staff time in cataloging and inventory (hours each year).

Communication systems are antiquated

PA system does not work properly.
Teachers do not have ready access to a telephone.
Two-way communication between office and classroom is poor.
Insufficient number of outgoing lines.

Majority of free time is wasted waiting for an open phone or line.
Parent communication is limited.
Important announcements and alarms are missed.
Students and staff are endangered.

Provide a communication system that meets our educational needs today and can grow to meet our needs in the future.

Repair and/or replace current PA systems.
Phones should be installed in all classrooms and staff workrooms.
Study of phone usage (at least yearly) to determine the need for access to additional lines.
Installation of voice mail and electronic mail in each building.
Installation of homework hotline in each building.

Students and staff would be in a safer environment.
Lines of communication would be opened and improved.
Increased communication with parents.
Increased parental awareness of school activities.
Intra-staff communication would be more efficient and effective.
Better understanding of teacher and administrator expectations by students and parents. Problem
Physical facilities such as buildings, wiring, and furniture are limited and outdated.

Lack of funds to update or retrofit older buildings
Lack of physical space for technology in classrooms

Wiring safety hazards
Limit expansion of technology hardware
Limits integration of technology into the curriculum

Provide appropriate cabling, wiring, space, and furniture to accommodate technology in all buildings.

Cabling backbone in all sites with drops to all rooms
Adequate electrical service including telephone lines
Workstation furniture in all classrooms/office

Connectivity of workstations across building/district will enhance information flow
Reduce safety risks
Improved ergonomics for users
Expand curriculum opportunities and enhance overall learning

Information is scattered, duplicated, exists in many different formats and is difficult to retrieve.

Lack of comprehensive planning district wide
Lack of continuity in student database and general record keeping
Lack of time for updating and keeping records current
Lack of user manuals and training on administrative system.
Teachers do not have ready access to computers.

Unnecessary time spent retrieving and duplicating records.
Student data records do not follow students throughout school career.
Troubleshooting is difficult.
Teacher access to student information is not readily available.
Staff is less productive.
District records consume needed space.

Provide and support an ongoing review of administrative software and hardware.

A subcommittee should be formed to establish guidelines for the student records database to ensure that student records will pass efficiently from grade to grade.
There should be a networked teacher workstation with access to needed student records and teacher-administrative functions (i.e., attendance, grades, etc.) in every classroom.
All teacher record-keeping (i.e., attendance, grades) should be computerized.
A subcommittee should be formed to examine current administrative software and recommend changes as necessary.
Each user should have ready access to appropriate manuals and training.
Provide a standard format for utilization of centralized database.
Inter/Intra school networking

More effective use of staff and administrative time.
Less paperwork.
Instantaneous retrieval of student attendance and academic records by teachers and support staff.
Student records follow seamlessly through each grade level.
Immediate access to information
Time and utilization efficiencies
Less duplication of effort

Need to provide increased opportunities for technology access and training for the community.

Lack of access to hardware - schools not open at night.
Training not geared to community needs.
Expense of equipment prohibits many community members from owning hardware.
Limited communication between schools and community.

Take computer classes in other communities thereby supporting other community schools.
Fear and anxiety involved with technology.
Passed over for advancement.

Make the schools more accessible to the public during non-school hours and offer training commensurate with their needs.

Offer a variety of evening or weekend workshops that meet the needs of the community.
Schools and businesses create partnerships for their mutual benefit.
Access to school technology by business and community groups.

Community will be more supportive of academics in the schools.
Community will support technology purchases.
Community will be willing to trade off money for hardware for training and services.
Community members will become more employable in a technology driven market.
Community members will have more access to the training and technology available in the schools.

There is a need to expand the partnerships between the Hobart schools and the area business community.

Lack of awareness of partnership opportunities.
Lack of vision of program possibilities.
Lack of a partnership coordinator.
Scheduling problems between the schools and businesses.

Less communication takes place.
Students miss valuable educational opportunities and career possibilities.
Schools miss the opportunity for curriculum enhancement.
Business and industry miss the opportunity to shape the future work force.
The schools, businesses, and industries are uninformed of each other's programs.

Lines of communication must be opened between schools and the business community.

Set up meetings with the Chamber of Commerce, HIEDC, etc. to explain partnership programs.
Flexible scheduling to accommodate partnership programs.
Set up pilot programs.
Create the position of partnership coordinator.
Have the partnership coordinator report to community meetings.
Write news items for school publications.
Set up speakers' bureau for all parties to access.

Improved community impression of school system.
Additional financial support to school programs.
Expanded speakers available to discuss educational topics.
Facilities and materials available to businesses.
Human resources available to all parties.
Improved market for graduates.
Improved pool of employees for businesses.
Education will take a broader, more realistic approach to subject matter.
Additional materials/facilities available to all parties.

Technology | 5 Year Plan