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Blog // Connect Ohio

4 Ways Technology is Improving Ohio Classrooms

By Amanda Murphy

  Online education helps narrow Ohio’s education gap By the end of the next decade, 57% of all jobs in Ohio will require some education above high school, according to a Georgetown University report. The U.S. Census Bureau shows only 31% of Ohioans 25 years of age and over have an associate’s degree or higher. Online learning is helping to narrow this education gap by making higher education more convenient and attainable for many adults. Jessica Hamlin is an online communications and public relations adjunct instructor for Franklin University. According to Hamlin, technology is a vital tool for non-traditional students. “Many of my...

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Connect Ohio Participates in US Senator Sherrod Brown Broadband Discussion

By Amanda Murphy

Tuesday, Connect Ohio took part in a rural broadband roundtable discussion led by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Horizon Telecom hosted the event at their offices in Chillicothe, Ohio. Area business owners and community representatives were in attendance, including broadband providers Smart Networks, CUE Band LLC, and Horizon Telecom, as well as the mayor of Chillicothe and Ross County Commissioners. Senator Brown shared an update on the Farm Bill and briefly discussed the importance of federal and local partnerships in order to assist communities in need of broadband expansion. Representatives from Horizon Telecom discussed the progress of...

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Select Ohio Schools Approved to Make Up Calamity Days via Web Access

By Lyndsey Kleven

As technology use is becoming customary in classrooms, it is also allowing for schoolwork to be completed and submitted from home. Last winter, Connect Ohio described a virtual learning day pilot program being implemented where schools exceeding their allotted calamity day limit could be eligible to turn additional calamity days into virtual learning days. Currently, more than 23 schools across Ohio have been approved to have online calamity days. In order for schools to qualify for this program, they must apply and be approved by the Ohio Department of Education. According to Ohio Laws and Rules, the board of education of any school may...

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Video: Technology's Vital Role in Education

By Amanda Murphy

The use of technology to ensure a quality education for today's students is vital. Broadband is the key component to enabling the use of technology, though many students in Ohio cannot access the Internet once they leave the classroom. Only 32% of rural Ohio Internet users go online for education, a significantly lower percentage than the 42% of Ohio Internet users who go online for education in urban and suburban parts of the state. Nearly 1.3 million Ohioans in rural areas are missing out on the educational opportunities that Internet and broadband can provide. Former Ohio Senator Joy Padgett discusses the technological challenges rural...

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