What Are Some of the Benefits of Having Wi-Fi in Schools?

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Some of the benefits of having Wi-Fi in schools include increased connectivity between campus buildings, increased productivity and increased collaboration between students and teachers. Wireless Internet is also more cost-effective than traditional wired service.

Recently, a Pew Research Center survey found that most teachers find Internet access to have a major positive impact on their ability to access content, resources and materials to create their lesson plans. Utilizing Wi-Fi creates a vast number of learning opportunities for students and teachers.

That same survey also found that a growing number of students are using e-readers and tablets to complete assignments and tasks. Those devices can only access the Internet through a wireless connection. If a school doesn't have Wi-Fi, it is essentially blocking students from using an entire generation of devices, most of which are actually easier and more cost-effective for them to use than traditional computers.

Another benefit of having Wi-Fi in schools is the mobility it offers. While wired computers restrict Internet access to a specific location, devices that connect to Wi-Fi can be used just about anywhere in the school. This increases the opportunities for students and teachers to collaborate by making it easier for them to share ideas and schoolwork.