Wi-Fi Plays A Starring Role In The Education Evolution

When you have a conversation about mobility – particularly about mobility in education – I think it’s important to pause for a moment and look at how much the world has changed.

At the end of 2013, there were more mobile devices than people on earth. By the end of 2015, roughly 4.5 billion more mobile wireless devices were shipped. Wireless mobility is continually evolving from both a client device and infrastructure point of view, and it can be difficult for schools to keep up with the latest performance, security, and management options out there today.

Regardless of your school or objectives, mobility is already part of your environment, and it is only going to grow.

So the question is, how are you going to both support and control it?

Connectivity and mobility starts with a set of users; after all, those billions of devices are most often in the hands of people, and those people are trying to get something done. However, it doesn’t start and end with the users anymore. Now we have to take into consideration all of the devices that the users are bringing in.

You might have school-issued laptops or tablets, and combine that with the personal devices students, teachers, administrators, parents, and guests are bringing in. And then on top of the devices there is another layer. Also, applications are now taking center stage.

There are hundreds of thousands of different applications out there in the world of mobility today, ranging from productivity applications, homework/assignment applications, collaboration apps, video streaming apps, social media, and beyond.

And most recently, we see “Connected Everything” popping up on networks. Think beyond user-controlled devices into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

With all the increases in devices, users, applications, and things, all spread out over more locations, how is your network going to scale? Who is going to implement and support the network when you most likely already have limited resources and a strained infrastructure? Where is the budget going to come from? How do you secure and control all of these devices? How do you scale? Those are the questions schools are trying to solve.

So, how can we change the educational experience in the classroom?

With the explosion of all the mobile devices I mentioned earlier, there is a different and new potential available today with a broader theme around technology literacy and new notions around how students best learn. There are all these different initiatives that are possible: there are 1:1 programs, differentiated instruction, adherence to common core if that applies. And flipping the classroom, to get the students more engaged with these mobile devices. And in order to actually use all these tools, you need a wireless networking platform that is built to connect the students, and lets you engage them by delivering a more personalized level of instruction.

The question becomes, how does the wireless network simply fade out of view so teachers can simply be focused on the business of teaching? 

Wi-Fi must become something that works so well, it’s taken for granted, like water from a sink. The IT staff can understand and maintain the infrastructure, but to the end users, it’s simply there. It needs to work well under all sorts of situations and be able to evolve and expand as the school’s needs evolve. It needs to be upgradable, easy to manage from the cloud, and within a school district’s budget.

 

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Alexandra Gates is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Aerohive Networks, where she helps define market strategy and vision for the cloud and WLAN products. She is a CWNA with a comprehensive background in wireless technology, including capacity and management planning, RF design, network implementation, and general industry knowledge.

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