In this issue we focus on the Internet, which we consider to be the most important educational tool available to humans today. While it is a fantastic tool for students, the potential of the World Wide Web reaches far beyond academia into all facets of our lives.
For professionals such as Kong Sidaroth (page 7), it has continued to provide technical support and access to information that would not otherwise be available in the Kingdom. For others such as Norbert Klein (page 3), bringing Internet to Cambodia has been a decade-long pursuit.
With the advancement of wireless and 3G technology, the Internet is more affordable and accessible than ever before. For young people who can afford the latest technology, this opens up entire worlds of communication and information.
But even for those of us who can’t afford a Blackberry or an iPhone, faster Internet at schools and Internet cafés will make using this tool a more efficient and interesting experience.
It is no secret that schools and universities in the Kingdom suffer from a lack of resources, particularly with regard to technology. While it may be a long time before classrooms in Cambodia are equipped with computers, you have the power to get yourself up to speed outside of school.
In this issue of Lift, we provide you with a number of suggestions for Web sites that can advance your learning and career, but we recommend that you reach beyond our suggestions to find Web sites, blogs and discussion forums that suit your interests and ideals. The more time you spend on the Internet, the more you can make it work for you.