5G network is being eagerly awaited by most of the schools in the USA as they feel that the current internet connection is not fast enough for instructional access.
What is so exciting about 5G in schools
Most educators want the internet to work as soon as they open it. In the classroom the 5G will be immersive and seamless. This will make the students experience rich simulation in artificial and virtual reality. They will be able to engage in real-time conversation anytime, anywhere with anyone on the same 5G connectivity. Instant download of videos. Students will be able to access tailormade lessons meant exclusively for their needs. They will be able to make more specific choices between a missed semester of school while catching up a lesson or have a learning difficulty which will be addressed with individual strategies. Experience expanded sensory images, like haptic feedback. Vibrations and force will assist students in feeling the difference between objects or simulations.
Initially 5G will be made available in large cities and universities but ultimately it will be deployed everywhere.
How 5G networks may widen the technology gap
5G network will come with its own challenges in the beginning. Before installing same, take note that everything prior to 5G will become outdated and unusable. The devices will become obsolete. Make conscientious decision while purchasing expensive equipment and apps that will not be able to make the transition to 5G. If you have the ‘Bring your own device’ policy, the devices the students are currently using may not be 5G compatible and transition to faster device will take time and cost more. Personal security will become a bigger issue with 5G. Encryption will remain a priority as schools need to protect student data privacy. Finding and securing internet providers can be a problem and not cost effective for some school districts.
5G is likely to become the norm of tomorrow so the sooner we embrace it the better.
Source: The Tech Edvocate