Know the Potentials of 5G in Students' Instruction

Education Technology Insights | Friday, September 13, 2019

With 5G, students get to engage in real-time conversations at anytime, anywhere, and anyone who shares the same 5G connectivity.

FREMONT, CA: Introduction of 5G network, the fifth-generation system, in the classroom brings with it the promise of robustness and an advanced dimension to the whole learning process. The transformation from conventional learning to contemporary one has made educators eagerly wait for a new upgradation.

With 5G, internet travel will be more rapid and connections more reliable than ever. Moreover, only two-third of the schools today have internet connections with exceptional speed for the instructional access. If the internet network is experiencing downtime, then correspondingly the classroom instruction will be affected. The next generation of internet connectivity will nearly get rid of dropped connections, in spite of the digital media in use. Experts working on expanding the new technology have noted a few key areas where 5G will progress on the current 4G LTE networks that are used. The prime regions involve faster network speed, increased device capacity, and lower latency. 

Things to Get Excited About When 5G Arrives at School

The arrival of 5G in the classroom will lead to an immersive and seamless environment, where students can experience the following:

• Enhanced augmented and virtual reality simulation processes, wherein educators can better explain the concepts to the students in an immersive setting.
• Engagement in real-time conversations at anytime, anywhere, and anyone who shares the same 5G connectivity.
• Learners can instantly view and download videos.
• Access to customized lessons meant exclusively for students needs. For instance, learners will get to learn a particular topic in a tailored manner whenever they have missed a class or face a learning challenge.
• An expanded sensory image experience with the mode of communication like haptic feedback. Forces and vibrations will help students in feeling the difference between a simulation and an object.

The first use of 5G in large cities and universities, but school organizations in remote areas should make it their goal to employ 5G network connectivity whenever available.

How 5G Networks Will Widen the Technology Gap?

Educators can keep the below caveats in mind before preparing themselves for the installation of 5G network:

• School administrators should note that everything before the 5G establishment, from software to devices, would be obsolete. Therefore, organizations need to be cautious when purchasing expensive equipment and applications to make the network faster.
• If the school has put a BOYD policy in place, then the smartphones used by students will not comply with the 5G network. Besides, the transition to an updated device will take time and may cost more.
• With the advent of 5G, personal security will become a more significant issue. In addition, encryption will remain a priority as institutions are bound to protect student data privacy.
• Lastly, finding and securing the internet providers can be cumbersome and expensive for some school districts.

With 5G on the horizon, communication giants are investing in researches to determine how the network be used in different applications of the education sector. Many resources will be paying attention to innovations in education, emerging technology, and big data. Additionally, as K–12 schools have already started experimentation with IoT integration, expanding the capacity of the devices through 5G is expected to broaden teachers’ capabilities in the classroom significantly. The IoT applications can also help change the role of educators by reducing the burden of administrative work, thereby allowing them to focus more on individual performances.

In the present day, technology is becoming more entrenched in the lives of students and educators alike. If used wisely, technology will provide practical advantages for learning. The latest technology innovations, such as the 5G network will grow to be the pillars for tomorrow’s workplace. So, school districts and institutions must embrace the novel applications of the system.

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