Connected Nation’s 2022 Report on School Connectivity notes that one-third of school districts–23.5 million students–still need improved access to the internet and digital learning. Without access to reliable internet and Wi-Fi-dependent devices, students and teachers face disadvantages, and schools can have a hard time meeting their educational goals.
Let’s look at why that is–and what can be done to ensure connectivity in every classroom.
Disadvantages caused by poor internet and Wi-Fi connectivity
Schools are turning more and more to technology and devices to support e-learning goals, life skills, and instructive and fun activities.
Poor connectivity–such as dead zones, dropped signals, or long buffering times–can mean:
- Students face obstacles completing classwork
- Students lack tech-related skills and digital literacy, especially if the classroom is the only place they have access to Wi-Fi technology
- Educators can’t supplement their teaching with online resources
- Stress levels rise if issues happen during online testing
- Staff have issues completing tasks
- Parents have trouble communicating with schools