Advances in technology are changing what we learn and how we learn it. From students taking classes online, to teachers posting their assignments and lectures on the web to internet research resources, technology is reshaping and redefining the classroom. More than a third of tweens and young teenagers now use smartphones to do homework; the number of K-12 students enrolled in distance education programs has increased over 450% in the last decade; and in 2012 the FCC found that students in homes with broadband connections have a seven percent higher graduation rate. Ohio’s students should have every educational advantage made possible by modern technology so they can succeed.
Healthcare is another area where technology developments is changing and improving the lives of Ohioans. Medical records and X-rays can be instantly transmitted online, saving time that can be critical when a person’s health is at stake. Patients can now research symptoms, illnesses, and treatments on the internet – as well as doctors and hospitals – helping patients to become better educated healthcare consumers. Many doctors are beginning to provide email consultations, giving patients timelier answers to their medical questions. Remote “Telehealth” services also have great potential for improving care for people living in rural areas or those who may find it difficult to travel. Continuing to utilize and develop these advancements will ensure that all Ohioans will have access to the best possible care and live longer and healthier lives.