Past attempts by the Obama administration to expand school broadband internet access reflect just how important the resource has become to our nation’s students. High-speed internet has become as vital at home as it is on campus, and kids without the same resources as their peers risk falling behind.
Greater access to multimedia resources
A reliable internet connection is a basic necessity of a child’s education. Many schools are replacing worksheets and textbooks with project-based assignments that depend on students having ready access to the internet. As the types of online media assigned to children become more complex, such as 4K quality video or high-resolution images, faster internet speeds will become necessary for kids to finish their homework. Parents can prepare their kids for classrooms of the future by upgrading their broadband connection today. Thankfully, upgrading your service is as easy as getting in touch with your local internet provider and, in some cases, paying a slightly higher bill each month. Some providers offer student discounts on internet access and other school-related needs.
Bring the classroom home with tech-driven education
One of the most important parts of participating in a learning environment is how the experience teaches kids to connect and collaborate with their peers, whether they’re inside or outside of the classroom. Whether students are scanning and swapping notes over email, practicing a presentation over voice-chat or exchanging details via a group messenger program, they’ll need a sufficient internet performance to get work accomplished. These type of internet-dependent projects are very similar to the type of work that students will be expected to perform in college on a daily basis. Getting kids up to speed on all the educational uses for internet early on will put them at an advantage when they move on from high school. Providing yourself with time to master these applications will also provide you with a new tool to connect with your kids once they head off to college.
Facilitate dialogues between teachers and parents
Making time to fit in parent-teacher conferences can seem impossible when trying to balance a long list of student extracurricular activities. Thankfully, access to a high-speed Internet connection can assist. More schools are now taking advantage of video-conferencing technology, making it considerably easy for parents and teachers to engage in face-to-face conversation.
Bridge location gaps with online resources
In cases where children live in remote areas or are unable to attend class for extended periods, broadband internet access can be their ticket to success. Being able to connect with tutors and classmates long-distance via video chat is just one of many ways that a robust Internet connection can help students do a substantial amount of learning from the comfort of their own homes. With the nation’s schools on a quick trajectory toward comprehensive broadband internet access, it’s only a matter of time before kids will need a dependable Internet connection waiting for them when they arrive home from school. Think of faster internet speeds as an investment in your child’s future. Thankfully, your local cable and internet provider has plenty of bundle options that can get your student the internet speeds they need to do their best.
Originally published 8/11/2015. Last updated 12/7/18.