Well, the first research is in and its official. Simply having internet access (and using it) increases standardized test scores. Go figure. I found the info at Donald Clark's blog. Always a great read!
Michigan State University and the HomeNetToo Project released data on their findings of a group of 10-16 year olds in low-income homes given internet access.
I wonder if we could surmise from this that workers would be smarter and more productive if they were given access to more, less regulated, easy to access, information? As many people are quick to point out, the internet is "full of crap" yet kids are getting smarter. Hmmm...Perhaps its the act of searching, reading/consuming, producing, and publishing (rip, mix, and feed) that is making kids smarter and that it has nothing to do with the actual content. Maybe when your kid is playing World of Warcraft there is a lot more going on in his brain than simply "playing a game".