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Connected classrooms enhance the student learning experience

James Chia, Managing Director, South East Asia, Aruba Networks | April 8, 2015
This article discusses how the modern student learning experience can be enhanced with reliable and secure wireless network connectivity.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

Smart mapping geospatial technology, coding and computational thinking, and 3D modelling and simulation. Sounds like what goes on in technology lab of a space program? These are just some technologies that are seen in primary and secondary school classrooms in Singapore today.

Kranji Secondary School taps on the smart mapping technology to enhance student research and fieldwork. Students at Kranji Secondary use geospatial technology to analyze what makes the conservation area of Kampong Glam popular with visitors, creating and sharing maps to uncover interesting facts and information about the area.

At Wellington Primary School, students are creating animations and games using programming language such as Scratch promoting coding and computational thinking. Additionally, many secondary schools in Singapore have already equipped themselves with 3D printers, and students use 3D modelling and simulation software to create three dimensional objects.

These days, technology in the classroom is much more than just computers and printers. A new generation of students who have growing up exposed to smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and video games at an early age are comfortable learning in a technology advanced environment.

Digital learning helps to boost student achievement, and it is vital to the modernization of school curriculums and long term success of educators. Technology is great if it can be used to help students be more curious, questioning and reflective. For instance, technology can be used to allow students to learn more freely inside and outside of the classroom. Lively graphics, captivating videos and interactive applications can be used to help retain students' interest on serious subject matters.

Robust network makes strong foundation

The next-generation classroom needs to allow students and teachers to thrive using Wi-Fi enabled devices and apps that create a richer experience. Laptop and tablet computers, and other connected devices are already common in classrooms in many developed countries in Asia. However, these devices are only as reliable as the infrastructure they connect to. It is crucial for schools to be equipped with a robust Wi-Fi network that can handle the demands and load expected of the next-generation campus.

With a strong wireless network, educators and teachers can create inspiring and impactful learning experiences, access rich instructional videos and compelling interactive learning online. They can do much more with:

  • Wi-Fi enabled tools - Educators can use tools like Apple TV and Google Chromecast in the classroom without worrying about students hijacking them and causing disruptions
  • Virtual learning environment - Educators can create a platform for students to prepare or submit their coursework online, and encourage learning anytime, anywhere
  • Campus-wide mobility - In the tertiary education environment, especially, faculty and students can be empowered by campus-wide mobility. The latest in enterprise Wi-Fi technologies (like a robust 802.11ac Wi-Fi network) can deliver performance that is required of a crowded academic and media-rich environment, covering lecture halls, dormitories, research laboratories, etc. It can also enhance collaboration and support the proliferation of personal mobile devices


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