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SWOT Analysis

Helen Kinkin, Director of Technology

May 01, 2013

SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats

A SWOT analysis “enables business entities to understand their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” (Fernandez, 2009, p. 36). Seneca High School is fortunate to have the facility and resources afforded from being funded by a nuclear power plant. We also have highly-motivated staff members that are student-centered. We have already determined some of the weaknesses and have addressed them. A new class is being developed for freshmen and incoming students that will help then become more familiar with the technologies used at Seneca High School. The technology staff is very dedicated to researching and providing both current and relevant tools to assist classroom teachers where possible. Professional development has been a school priority for many years. The current internet has been a sever hindrance. The opportunity to increase bandwidth access will show a remarkable improvement in the student’s ability to access the internet for education needs. The new firewall will provide a more streamlined protection for students and faculty. Threats to the project will include the failure to plan for some of the more obvious circumstances. While it impossible to plan for every scenario, the more common ones have been thought about, discussed and debated.

            

SWOT Analysis Table

Strengths

  • Financial backing.
  • Staff member who are involved in many co-curricular activities.
  • Technology staff.
  • Great teachers who care about their students.
  • Board and Administration committed to student success.
  • Excellent facilities.
  • Community and parent support.
  • Existing infrastructure.
  • Professional development in the areas of technology training.
  • Group collaborative spirit among various staff members.
  • School improvement committee working towards curriculum and student improvement.

Weaknesses

  • Not enough time for staff to train and experiment with new technologies.
  • Professional development is still needed on many web 2.0 tools for integration in Blackboard Learn.
  • Current internet speed.
  • Existing hardware

Opportunities

  • Touch screen laptops for faculty and students.
  • Upgraded server hardware.
  • Upgraded firewall.
  • Increased bandwidth.
  • Extended classrooms beyond the traditional walls and time schedules.
  • Future-proofing the devices to ensure they meet system requirements for the next four years.
  • Implementing a student run help desk.

Threats

  • Lack of funding.
  • Delayed dark fiber connection.
  • Neglectful / abusive handling of devices.
  • Poor planning.
  • Not having the devices in time for configuration.
  • Additional demand on existing technology staff.

 

Reference

Fernandez, J. (2009). A SWOT analysis for social media in libraries. Online, 33(5), 35-37. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/199913917

 
 

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