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Swot Analysis, Goals and Plan 1 Running head: PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY SWOT ANALYSIS, GOALS AND PLAN Personal Technology SWOT Analysis, Goals and Plan Cheryl Seymour University of West Georgia MEDT 8463 Swot Analysis, Goals and Plan 2 Abstract In order for a teacher to make the jump into technology leadership one must recognize their abilities and limitations. This paper will serve as an assessment of personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOTs) in technology today. Also identified herein, are personal goals and a growth plan for the upcoming school year. Following this plan for personal achievement should help me to become a more experienced and efficient technology leader. Swot Analysis, Goals and Plan 3 Personal Technology SWOT Analysis, Goals and Plan Introduction Technology is in the school systems to stay. Teachers who embrace this concept know that they have to study to show themselves capable in the eyes of their students. In beginning this time of study and self development, teachers must self analyze their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This analysis will help any teacher to decide how best to pursue their personal growth and development as the cross the bridge into the technology frontier. Strengths The strength of any teacher using technology lies in his/her knowledge that he/she does not know it all. This strength also lies in a willingness to learn from other teachers, administrators, and of course, the students. My personal greatest strength lies in these areas along with the sheer joy I find in sharing new information with those around me that I know will use that information. I feel that a good technology leader has to be excited about learning new technologies and must share that knowledge with enthusiasm. Weaknesses Recognizing one’s own weaknesses is actually a great strength. In myself I recognize that there are many tools out there which can benefit a classroom, but that I cannot master them all. I realize that my students can and will come up with technology solutions that never occur to me and that I have to be humble enough to accept this. One of my biggest weaknesses is in finding to time to pick up new technology. I’m not the kind of student who can read about something once and instantly know how to do it. I have to sit down and take time to play around with new technology to figure out how I can best use it. Swot Analysis, Goals and Plan 4 When I went to another school for my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Technology, I spent two years without a challenge. No new technologies were forced upon me. This program has shown my many new weaknesses that I never knew I had. I have been challenged to the point of being overwhelmed at times, but that’s how I learn. I did not realize how much I had limited my own scope of knowledge being happy with a PowerPoint and projector. There’s so much more exciting technology available that I am thrilled to be overwhelmed in the face of it all. Opportunity The number one opportunity before me right now is the opportunity to increase my abilities and make my classroom a more student/technology centered environment. My willingness to learn has opened doors for me already in my school as the Electronic End of Course Testing Coordinator and the Georgia High School Graduation Test Online Tutor (using USA Test Prep websites). My classroom is being held as a primary case study on integrating technology this semester as my students use Google tools (all free) to produce all their projects and publish them all to the web. If this works well, this idea will go to the entire International Baccalaureate program next year and progress to the rest of the school within two years. Successes that I have in this position may lead me to opportunities as an Instructional Specialist for my school in the near future. Currently we are sharing an IT person with several schools and hope to prove through my classroom that we need our own in order to move the school into a more student/technology centered focus. Threats The biggest threat to achieving my personal and professional goals probably lies within my mouth. I have a tendency to sound off when policy and procedures need to be Swot Analysis, Goals and Plan 5 changed. Sometimes I am my own worst enemy because I rarely garner the favor of my administration. I question, try, and push. In the words of Mrs. Grizzle from “The Magic School Bus,” students and teachers should “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.” As an Economics teacher I look at it as taking more risk typically gives more return. Another threat to my growth is my family. I love my husband and children, but they do hinder personal growth. When I started this program my husband and I had to set a schedule on who has the kids so that he can continue to work on his dissertation and I work on my specialist. Personal Technology Goals and Plan As previously mentioned I hope to eventually use my skills to move into an Instructional Technology Specialist position in a high school setting. I feel that I can best utilize not only my technical skills, but also my teaching skills to help bring my fellow faculty members up to the technology frontier. Too often teachers push technology aside because it is forced upon them without explanation. I hope to change their feelings about technology by helping each teacher find their niche in using technology in their classroom. As Governor Palin stated in her acceptance speech for the Vice President Republican Nomination, “there are some [candidates]who use change to promote their careers, and others…who use their careers to promote change” (Palin, 2008). I hope and strive to be one of the later, in the midst of many of the former. Swot Analysis, Goals and Plan 6 Bibliography Christensen, C. M., Horn, M. B., & Johnson, C. W. (2008). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. New York, New York: McGraw Hill. Palin, G. S. (2008, September 3). Republican National Convention. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.