Should all schools have Wi-Fi?
Why Wi-Fi is Needed in Schools?
I’ve been in school for more than a decade, and consistently, one of the most valuable tools in a classroom is Wi-Fi connection to the internet. Not only has the Wi-Fi and the internet saved me time (and a portion of my grade), but I’ve also witnessed it make the lives of teachers and school staff much easier and more efficient. I’ve been blessed to have had Wi-Fi in my schools when growing up, and I really can’t imagine how I would have to do so many things differently without it. School life, though still do able, would have been much harder without Wi-Fi due to how it offers different and dynamic teaching strategies for teachers, is a door for students to find extensive and invaluable knowledge, and creates a connection between teachers and students that is crucial to a solid and well-rounded learning experience.
For starters, Wi-Fi is needed in schools because of its ability to help students in school. Wi-Fi is extremely reliable as long as there is a good connection and router, and anyone can connect to it using a phone, tablet, or laptop. The breadth of its capabilities also makes it invaluable to students. A student having a connection to the internet through Wi-Fi allows them to do extensive research on just about any topic. On the internet, they can utilize multiple search engines such as Google, Bing, Safari, Internet Explorer, and many others. These search engines bring them to websites that contain the information they need to learn or use for a project or presentation. The connection to the internet also allows them to find online books or encyclopedias on the web, which adds even more to the range of resources that they can use to gain knowledge. As a student myself, I have valued using Wi-Fi to find online studies or research papers in just a few seconds. While it would typically take significantly longer to find these resources in a library (and possibly not find them at all) I can access them in a few clicks or taps while on the internet.
Second of all, Wi-Fi is an extremely valuable resource to teachers and staff as well! I have had teachers who used the internet to accelerate their lesson plans and find new, creative ways to get their points across. Their use of resources such as YouTube/online video, websites, quiz shows, educational games, and other resources online allowed teachers to connect with students in a more interactive manner. Also, certain apps may only be able to run with an internet connection, so having Wi-Fi opens the door for the teacher and students to use those apps for educational learning, which couldn’t have been possible without Wi-Fi. Apart from just teaching in front of students, connection to the internet through Wi-Fi also makes their job easier in data management. Wi-Fi allows teachers to connect to the school website, whether to input data, check up on news at the school, or potentially use it for educational purposes. They can also have connection to databases that contain their students’ grades and information, which is extremely important for a teacher to have access to.The lives of teachers are made easier, more efficient, and more stress-free when Wi-Fi is available to them.
Finally, a crucial pro for having Wi-Fi in schools is that Wi-Fi brings together a connection throughout the entire school! Resources such as email, Skype or Face Time, and other online messaging can at times only come through the use of Wi-Fi. In my time at high school, email was extremely important in my daily life as a student. It was the main way outside of the classroom to connect with my teachers and make the most out of my education. It is still the main way I connect with my teachers today in college! Especially at large schools where it can be hard for a teacher to know all their students, email allows the teacher to contact with everyone or anyone at any given moment with key information from the class. Connection to the internet also keeps the staff connected to each other so the school can run smoothly and everyone can be on the same page! If you are a school that does not currently have Wi-Fi, I would highly, highly recommend to connect to it. According to Router Instructions website, the importance of connection and communication in an organization cannot be overstated, especially in an environment such as a school. The best thing you can do for the staff and the students is to give them the valuable resource of a Wi-Fi connection.