Technology will never replace a good teacher, reports the Columbus Dispatch, but more Ohio teachers could use technology to better prepare students to succeed in school and life, a new state report finds. “Just as literacy has the power to reduce barriers to success and advancement, technology has the ability to open new doors and opportunities by transforming the learning and teaching environment,” said Kate Harkin, executive director of eTech Ohio. The state agency, which promotes educational technology in Ohio, announced Jan. 5 that it has submitted a five-year plan to Gov. Ted Strickland and lawmakers to prepare students for 21st-century jobs and help grow the economy. The group found that although most Ohio schools and colleges use computers and the internet to teach students, they don’t do enough with new technology. eTech’s plan calls for the state to provide more training to help teachers use handheld devices, podcasts, social-networking sites, and other technology. The agency also would like schools and colleges to provide more online classes and to take better advantage of the state’s network of public radio and television stations, which have provided educational content for years. The plan includes 12 ways to measure how many students and teachers use technology for learning and teaching, and how many of those students later go on to college…

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