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August 27, 2019

ABC’s and 123’s: 5G and the Classroom .

ABC’s and 123’s: 5G and the Classroom


Sean McNicholas

Fall is just around the corner and for students across America the new school year is beginning. Technology has become integral to learning and teaching, and when we add 5G to the mix, wireless will bring transformative benefits to students, teachers and our education system more broadly.

5G represents a massive upscaling in network capability. It means speeds up to 100 time faster, networks that can handle up to 100 times more devices, and latency so low that lagging and buffering will be ancient history. That means faster internet speed and better video streaming in the classroom—and so much more.

Let’s take a look at how the next generation of wireless will support teachers, empower students and improve education:

Connected Classrooms.

With the improved network carrying capacity offered by 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) will be more integrated into classrooms, providing students educational resources and real-time analyses through tools like smart whiteboards or tablets. Teachers will be freed from administrative tasks and students can engage with online learning platforms with personalized feedback.

Greater Accessibility and Flexibility.

Advances in robotic applications and mobile technology offer greater assistance to students with special needs. 5G will enable more responsive wireless devices aiding the students and freeing educators to focus on students’ needs, while remote learning will help reduce the barrier of distance to a quality education.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

With AR and VR, students can soar through the solar system in science class and attend the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention in history class. With the improvements 5G will bring to devices’ response time, AR and VR could become essential tools that both inspire students and bring lessons to life in ways never before possible.

Unanticipated Innovation.

Imagine a decade ago when the idea of a car and driver coming to pick you up with just a few swipes on your smartphone would have seemed like just a dream. Or how about the idea of a whole fleet of electric scooters you could rent through mobile device – crazy, right? Those innovations were only made possible with the improvements in network capability offered by 4G LTE. Across the United States, companies, universities and institutions are launching 5G innovation hubs that will benefit students and schools in ways that we can’t even predict.

5G will offer incredible benefits to our students and teachers when it hits the classroom. Don’t just take our word for it: nearly nine out of ten education executives believe that wireless technologies, 5G included, can improve educational outcomes. Like the new school year, 5G is just beginning and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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