A number school administrations are still skeptical towards the idea of providing Wi-Fi access in schools, with some saying that wired connections are still the better option for internet access. However, the fast development of technology has given birth to a new generation of devices, like tablets and smartphones, which can no longer be catered to by wired connections. In addition, Wi-Fi provides an entirely new learning environment that wired connections do not. Here are some reasons why schools need Wi-Fi:
It Aids Students in Understanding the Lessons Being Discussed
Students have different learning styles and abilities. A teaching method may be effective for one student but may not work for another. Hence, having Wi-Fi in school provides them alternative references on a topic with just one click. If they don’t have internet access in their homes, they can immediately find the learning materials that they need while they are in school.
Wi-Fi Helps Students and Teachers Accomplish Tasks Faster
Both students and teachers will benefit from having Wi-Fi in schools. On one hand, students see it as a tool that helps save time. Aside from being able to access tools and references in an instant, they can submit their requirements as soon as they finish them. On the other hand, teachers will be able to monitor the progress of their students and send out learning materials and requirements at any time they want.
It Helps to Keep Classes Interesting
A perfect example to prove this point is the success story of a Social Studies teacher in Minnesota. We all know how studying about different countries can make us fall asleep within a few minutes. He created a website, called Fantasy Geopolitics, which revolutionized the way students looked at this subject. It has made the students enthusiastic about the subject, making them want to be more passionate in studying to learn more.
It Provides Room for Collaborative Learning
The growth of educational technology has transformed the usual, lecture-style teaching into a two-way learning process. Wi-Fi enables access to applications that promote collaborative learning. For instance, Kami is an application that makes the use of documents much easier. Since the application can be connected to Google Drive, documents can be edited, saved, and shared, anytime and anywhere, be it in the comfort of their homes, in the classroom, or at the library. It is now easy for students and teachers to communicate and share their ideas, with each other, in real time. This spares them from the hassle of having to go to the computer laboratory or meet in person to discuss a certain matter.
Change is Inevitable
Despite the many advantages Wi-Fi has over wired connections, some schools still refuse to move forward with technology. According to Janis Karklins, one of the leaders for Communication and Information in UNESCO, “We can no longer ignore the fact that we live in a digital era. Today’s generation can be seen walking around with powerful gadgets and mobile computers.” In other words, schools must learn to adapt to the changing times and take advantage of the technology available to enhance the student’s learning experience.
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