The schools we now know are drastically different from what we knew just a decade ago. Schools are adopting more technology, using state-of-the-art equipment, and instilling love and passion for technology in the younger generations. Much of what schools are accomplishing would not be possible, or at least as fluid, without the functionality of wireless networks. According to a Motorola wireless study, which looked at the number of educational institutions planning a wireless network strategy, 53% were higher education institutions and K-12 schools made up 47%. Regardless of size and institutional type, school wireless networks contribute to success. There are five main reasons why schools are seeking the benefits of a wireless network.
1. As budgets plunge, a wireless solution is an affordable option
A wireless network costs less than traditional wired methods. Instead of running lines and access points into each room, classroom, office, library and everywhere else in between, the network deploys a reliable wireless signal instead. The presence of a wireless network also reduces the institution’s need to provide computers and devices to access the internet. Employees, educators and students can access the wireless network with their own devices.
2. Schools can improve their e-leaning technology and applications
A wireless network allows teachers to employ online instruction materials, whiteboards and smart-boards. The classroom can enter a virtual setting that uses advanced tools, services, and on-line testing resources. The school, administration, and/or teacher can modify an online strategy to meet a variety of learning styles and challenges. Many classrooms and libraries are using mobile devices, such as iPads and tablets, and a wireless network allows children to learn on state-of-the-art technology.
3. Access is granted only approved users, and a guest setting is available for others
Tailored wireless solutions provide access to only authorized users and a guest setting for visitors on the school campus. When a user is required to use his/her specific login credentials to access the network, it makes the next point easier to enforce.
4. Proactive maintenance and monitoring prevents intrusions and data loss
Wireless solutions provide peace of mind and 24/7 accessibility. The less moving parts a system has, the less likely it is to experience significant problems. A wireless solution is easier to monitor and maintain. Allowing only authorized users to access the wireless network means the user has his/her user-specific login credentials. When this occurs, the IT team can successfully monitor and identify suspicious activity.
5. Productivity and accessibility improves
The institution as a whole is more accessible and productive when connectivity is streamlined. Educators, personnel, administrators, parents and students can all communicate better. The school can monitor a student’s progress, streamline recommendations and correspondence, respond to emergencies, and collaborate remotely. Students can also benefit from remote access and increased communication. When students are outside of the classroom, they can collaborate with peers, work with online educational apps, and complete assignments with their own devices in an area that is most comfortable and accessible for them.