May 8, 2018
Wireless Technologies: The Education Equalizer .
Education has been called the great equalizer. And wireless technologies are helping further level the playing field for students by providing valuable connectivity to resources and engaging students in new ways to encourage learning.
Here are a few examples of how wireless benefits education:
Increased access to educational resources
Wireless technologies connect students to the online information they need to do their schoolwork. A recent pilot program provided students with 4G-connected tablets to help close the “homework gap” in a district where many lacked access to high-speed broadband at home.
A majority of students in the pilot program reported that the 4G-connected tablets allowed them to learn at their own pace, have more confidence in their abilities and gave them more control over their learning experiences.
New means of learning
Developers have created thousands of education apps to help students, and more than 70 percent of parents said that mobile devices have opened up learning opportunities to kids that weren’t available before.
In addition to engaging students, apps can support creative or extracurricular pursuits that school budgets may not be able to accommodate—from language studies, to coding classes, to art education and music mixing.
Advanced virtual and augmented reality experiences
Virtual and augmented reality applications are growing more sophisticated and diverse, opening doors for students to experience places that were previously inaccessible—from a historical field trip to the beaches of Normandy to learning the constellations from atop a Hawaiian observatory.
VR and AR are also helping students with social anxieties or disorders. For example, one VR program helps those who struggle with reading facial expressions, understanding visual cues, or paying attention to another person while they speak. The program shows images from a virtual classroom with virtual avatars that deliver presentations, but will fade away if the child looks away or loses interest.
And the next generation of wireless—5G—will make these VR and AR applications more realistic, reactive, and immersive, thanks to speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G networks and near real-time responsiveness.
As America prepares its students to take on the new digital world, wireless technologies are transforming the way teachers educate and students learn. 5G will enable teachers and students to access more information faster than ever and take advantage of new forms of education, giving our students the best opportunities possible.