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Why all Primary Schools should have a Wireless Network

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by , 7th May 2014 at 01:08 PM (1721 Views)


“Wireless networking works well in all schools and can help deliver major educational benefits.”


Now that may be a sweeping statement but i believe it is a powerful truth.
A carefully planned wireless network will allow more children to benefit from ICT learning. It also gives teachers the freedom to incorporate ICT into more subjects and the flexibility to use more areas of the school for a wider range of purposes. Which is no bad thing considering the pressure many primary schools are under as they are squeezed for space with another baby boom generation filtering into the education system.

With classroom space in short supply and pupil numbers increasing it is now being recognized that reliable wireless solutions are giving schools the power to start utilising those nooks, crannies and corridors which were previously dead space. Dedicated ICT suites filled with bulky PC’s and monitors are being converted back into classrooms. Schools now have the opportunity to replace outdated equipment with tablets and laptops which can be strategically deployed on trolleys where they are needed most, creating one to one learning opportunities that traditional methods of placing hardwired computers throughout a school do not provide.






As a flexible resource mobile devices give better value for money than desktop computers. Schools using wireless networks report that when combined with their mobile devices which allow easy access to classes across the school, both the amount and the quality of ICT use surge ahead dramatically. These shared resources are giving more children better access to school networks and the internet on a daily basis.
Wireless networks are also making it possible for teachers to blend other technology within the classroom seamlessly into lessons too. For instance your interactive white board & projector, large format touch screen and audio equipment can often be connected to your favorite mobile devices and to the schools network wirelessly. And let’s not forget your mobile devices can also connect to each other as well.

This of course leaves the door wide open for you to explore new ways to engage with students and colleagues across multiple devices and platforms. Current wireless technology coupled with up to date mobile devices in schools are giving 21st Century teachers and students a fantastic chance to explore new ways to present, share and collaborate with each other.



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Updated 7th May 2014 at 01:12 PM by Cablers_JonPaul

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  1. SYNACK's Avatar
    Calling desktops outdated and not value for money is a very limited and largely incorrect view. The future is not 'just wireless' the future is using the right tool for the right job not trying to shoehorn everything into the newest market segment. Wireless is great but there are still many areas where wired is much more suitable.
  2. Cablers_JonPaul's Avatar
    Your quite right Synack. My wording was not particularly clear as i am far more geek than writer. We are a great advocate for desktops and dedicated IT suites. The suite pictured is one we built from scratch, including the bespoke benching for a primary school and we installed another during the last school holidays and filled it with Mac's for a high school in Essex. I think we have two more ICT suite projects just waiting for governor approval in the pipe line as well. If schools have the room for them they can be a fantastic resource and when used in conjunction with wireless and some mobile computing solutions it can provide the perfect balance to enhance ICT teaching throughout a school.

    Unfortunately many of the schools we have worked with are squeezed for space and are having to find ways of increasing class sizes. This often means that a computer suite installed a few years ago that accommodated 28/30 students now has to cope with class sizes of 31/34 students and they are not really built for sharing. I was just trying to say that wireless offers the flexibility to use school buildings in new ways. Cablers were around when every computer needed its own cable. We now install far more wireless. Its a constant battle for us to get school leadership to think about the importance of infrastructure that will serve them for many years and not just the flash tablets they see everywhere.
  3. geaves's Avatar
    Whilst I agree with what Synack has stated about wired networks, in a number of primary schools, (ours in particular) do not have room for an ICT suite. So a wireless network is the only sensible option......but, we have now moved to a managed wireless network as this has allowed the school to expand it's laptop trolleys to 3, that's 48 laptops' for pupil use, we could not match that with wired workstations.
    In most cases it's the same old saying 'horses for courses', you just have to ensure that your wireless network is robust enough to cope with the traffic.

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