Education has grown immensely over the years and it’ll continue to grow for years to come. The internet has become a huge part of our everyday lives. Education has changed thanks to our ability to access the internet through a facility called Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is the technology that allows computers, cell phones and other devices to connect to the internet. This essay will discuss the importance of Wi-Fi in schools.
I have experienced first-hand how important Wi-Fi is in schools. When I was in elementary school teachers used the internet to educate their students but not to the degree that they do today. In elementary school I took my SOLs on pencil and paper but once I entered middle school I started taking my SOLs on the computer. I remember back when I was in high school I had to take a final exam on the internet but the power had went out at my school. My teacher didn’t have a paper version of the test or a backup plan so the test was postponed until the following week. Ever since then I started noticing how reliant schools have become on Wi-Fi.
One of the reasons why Wi-Fi is needed in schools is because of how the huge amount of education that can be found on the internet. There are projects and research assignments that can only be found on the internet that help enhance education. Education has gravitated more towards mobile learning such as iPads, tablets and laptops. This is also important because it teaches the next generation how to operate these technological devices. As the years fly by educational lessons are becoming more dependable on technology so lessons can’t be taught without reliable Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi has also given way to long distance education as well. Students from the United States can work with students who live across the world. Wi-Fi has allowed students who can’t attend class in person to still be a part of class via online classes or video conferences. Wi-Fi has allowed schools to use this method to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with their students’ education.
Another reason why Wi-Fi is important in schools is because it makes working on group projects easier. I know from personal experience how much of a benefit this is. I had a group presentation I had to work on for a Tidewater Community College arts class and there were times when my group members couldn’t make it to our meetings. We came up with the idea to use the school’s Wi-Fi to create a goggle docs file so we can all edit the presentation from home. This saved us a lot of trouble and stress.
Wi-Fi has made education more enjoyable for students because it allows students to learn in a way they can relate to. Students from the next generation are more familiar with technology because technology is such an important part of their lives. Students can study for upcoming tests and quizzes by using Wi-Fi to play games in order to test their knowledge. Wi-Fi has also allowed students to contact their teachers and counselors in ways they wouldn’t have been able to without it.
Even though Wi-Fi has opened the door for a lot of educational advantages not everybody is okay with it. There are schools that refuse to use technology in their education but we can’t just ignore the fact that technology is a huge part of our lives. No matter what we do we can’t stop the change anymore then we can stop the sun from setting. Schools that haven’t already accepted that are going to have to adapt to the change of Wi-Fi being necessary for the new era.
No matter what age, gender, or ethnicity, students have proven that Wi-Fi has helped them learn in ways they couldn’t have without it. I’m one of those students who has benefited from Wi-Fi in schools in numerous ways. Wi-Fi is not perfect and there can be drawbacks to it but you have to take the good with the bad. In this case the good far out ways the bad.
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