1.1.1 Access to content and tools

In the short term, extending Internet and, in particular, broadband connectivity to schools enables educators to take advantage of new and emerging content and tools that update and enrich curricula while providing individual instructors with tools that can facilitate and expand collaboration with colleagues both near and far.

For several decades, radio and television have been used to augment education in classroom settings, and to connect rural students to educational opportunities. Today, the power of computers and the availability of Internet -- and especially broadband -- connections enable a greater expansion of the types of content available, allowing higher levels of interactivity in educational settings.

Internet connectivity allows students and teachers access to current online research and instructional materials that can include images, audio recordings, and videos. These materials augment and complement more traditional oral instruction and written materials. Combined with tools that allow for collaboration among students and teachers, Internet-enabled educational tools, including mobile phones, are not generally seen as a "disruptive" force but more often as a positive one in educational programmes around the world, enabling the creation of more effective and engaging educational models.

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