1.2.2 Timely access to new resources

In addition, Internet connectivity has the potential to reduce the time needed for new policies, curricula, and research tools to become available to students.

Generally, the delivery of books, videos -- even multimedia instructional materials delivered on CD-ROM or DVD -- lags behind the development of those materials, particularly in developing countries and rural areas. Internet connectivity can serve as an equalizer, making current, and even experimental, materials more readily available to educators in a timely fashion.

This is also the case where mobile technology is used in classrooms. Given that mobile networks cover almost 90 per cent of the global population today, m-education can enable teachers and students across the globe to access locally and globally relevant content. 9

Moreover, Internet connectivity enables interactivity not only among students, or between students and teachers. It can even allow the teachers’ and students’ use of online resources to inform content developers as they update existing resources and develop new tools.

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