The Internet is now entwined in almost every aspect of our daily lives, affecting the way we work, play, and learn. At the same time, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have quickly become indispensable tools across every industry. Hence, it only seems logical that the education sector also makes use of these technologies to keep up with the times.
Indeed, wireless broadband connectivity can be a useful tool for education. Not only does it modernize the learning environment, it also gives the educators and students access to a wellspring of resources that can further their education both in and out of the classroom. Coupled with the use of various gadgets, the Internet also makes it possible to incorporate computer technologies and processes like VR, data science, and coding into the curriculum.
Convinced yet? Here are more reasons to have wireless connectivity in schools.
Wireless technology has transformed lecture-style teaching into a two-way learning process. Document sharing, virtual classrooms, VoIP and chat apps, and other similar programs are just a few of the tools that enhance interaction among classmates and between teachers and students.
As a case in point, consider this simple process recounted by a PhD student on Twitter, in which a group of PhD students used Google Docs to simultaneously take notes, helping each other understand the lecture more clearly as they went along. What’s better was that, once the semester was over, everyone with access to the document were able to review all the notes whenever they wished.
Meanwhile, lectures may be recorded and shared on social media (with due permission from the instructor) in real-time, and teachers can also upload their presentations into services like Slideshare so that students who may have missed these sessions can quickly catch up. Wireless broadband in schools also helps bridge the digital divide, as students who don’t have internet access in their homes can download learning materials while they are in the campus.
Using technology in the classroom helps cultivate positive digital citizenship and enhance digital literacy. A student may be able to expertly operate a mobile device or navigate the web, but being digitally literate also means knowing how to use these tools correctly, effectively, and responsibly.
A timely subject, for example, is cyberbullying. With a wireless broadband connection, schools can help address the matter proactively, instructing both teachers and students on how to properly handle these situations.
Apart from learning how to use and behave properly on the Internet, digital literacy also encourages the development of critical thinking and other analytical skills, paving the way for deeper learning.
Not only can students access tools and educational references in an instant, they can also submit their projects and other requirements immediately through the school’s network. Teachers, on the other hand, may send learning materials in advance (and thus foster independent learning), as well as monitor the progress of their students.
Through an online records system, parents may also track their younger children’s performance in school and stay in touch with teachers to learn more about how they can augment their children’s education at home.
Safety and Security
Schools are mandated to have appropriate security measures to protect school property and ensure the safety of its staff, students, and visitors. With the help of wireless broadband connectivity, the school administration can improve safety and security measures, like installing 24/7 security cameras and providing access cards that record an individual’s entry and exit. It can also help establish a communications and response system, which will be useful during crisis situations.
Connectivity also helps keep all concerned parties well-informed about these safety and security measures. After all, safety and security doesn’t depend solely on the school officials, but on everyone who is part of the school community.
An always-online campus may be a tricky, even controversial, measure to implement, especially with the negative issues hounding the Internet. In the end, however, the advantages of wireless broadband connectivity in schools far outweigh the disadvantages.