How 5G Will Reshape Education

Students of the not-so-distant future will be capable of accessing a much more flexible education in many ways thanks to 5G networks.

The United States is home to tens of millions of students ranging from elementary to grad school. Education in the United States can at times feel a bit institutionalized and empowering the men and women who dedicate their lives for the advancement of minds young and old is always a welcomed initiative. 5G networks will help teachers across all educational levels and systems bring an enhanced educational experience to students. This experience will not only make learning more accessible and fun, but assist in providing opportunities that are not yet available to the students of today nor were they available for past students. Everything from the logistical side of educating to how students learn to the assignments they participate in and so forth will begin to take a new form as 5G networks are expanded across the nation.

5G Will Save Classrooms Time

Technology and education go together hand-in-hand and 5G is far from the exception. Some tasks could be automated thanks to AI-powered by 5G. Other classroom functions such as downloading or streaming video will simply be improved as download speeds will increase and latency will decrease. There are only a finite amount of minutes an instructor can devote to their students and when explaining a lesson, particularly to multiple students at once, time is a valuable resource. 5G will help teaching professionals make the most of their time with their students.

Mobile Learning Will Gain a Boost From 5G

If there is one thing the year 2020 has taught us as a society, it is to always have a backup plan because things can change in an instant. The state of education may look a lot different in the future for many across the country thanks to health concerns involving COVID-19. 5G will help usher in these changes in a positive, supported manner to keep education at a high level for all students. 

Going beyond a pandemic, mobile learning still has many applications for students of all education levels and abilities. Staying home because you aren’t feeling well doesn’t mean you have to miss important lessons, you can tune in online with reliability and low latency to continue your education without a hiccup. Students that lack reliable transportation and students with health issues or disabilities that can prevent traveling to class can benefit from 5G’s ability to connect students around the world. Students can even interact in real-time as they would in a traditional classroom setting. 

For parents that are unable to dedicate the time to their child’s lesson plan but would feel safer with them being homeschooled, 5G networks will provide options to connect their children to professional learning institutions without added anxiety. Even tutoring will receive a boost as you or your child can connect with tutors all over the world and learn from them without delay or interruption. The possibilities with connecting to educational sources via 5G are just getting started and the future is bright for students.

5G Can Create Immersive Learning Experiences

Capturing the attention of a room full of students can be quite a hurdle for educators to clear. Keeping that attention once it is finally acquired, can be even more difficult. This is one of the reasons many teachers turn to use various forms of media to keep lessons fresh, interaction constant, and participation flourishing. Video is a large part of this equation, but what if classrooms could take things a step further? 5G will bring with it augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) capabilities that can have guest-speakers, lesson plans, and source material presented among students like never before. With AR and VR, it is also important to think much further than interactive holograms, imagine a classroom of students performing virtual dissections. Trade schools and specialty schools such as aviation schools could provide hands-on training exercises that react in the same manner as real life and in real-time. The future of education is more hands-on and a large part of this access is thanks to the power of 5G networks.

Collaboration Will Take Students Forward in Education

Group projects may take on a renewed life over the next decade as 5G presents an ever-growing opportunity to collaborate in ways not yet possible. The download speeds that 5G is promising will allow more data to be transferred between peers in a shorter amount of time with less lagging. The more collaborative students can be, the greater their learning experience will be.

Interesting enough, the collaboration between humans is not where this benefit ends for 5G. The Internet of Things (IoT) allows computers to communicate with other computers without the need for human interaction. This means computers, devices, robots, etc., can communicate in real-time and collaborate to perform tasks together. This presents a very intriguing prospect for people with special needs such as autism who can receive benefits from working with robots. Currently, this technology continues to be somewhat limited in what functions it can accomplish; however, with 5G these robots can react in greater capacities, collaborate in teaching students, and adjust to specific needs of individuals using AI.

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