South Korea is the most connected society on earth. 75% of the population has broadband; 85% in urban areas. They have the world’s highest density of wi-fi access points. A full one-third of the economy operates through the internet, compared to about 2% here.
So it will be very useful to watch how the Koreans use this new connectivity to improve education. Fulbright Scholar, Anthony Townsend, is in Seoul researching the area under the title Understanding South Koreas Broadband Miracle: Policy Choices and Urban Outcomes. I’ve asked him to include education as a particular focus of his research, and will be reading his blog avidly. (Thanks Corante for the link)
Look out for Korean-inspired features in Paperless School soon!