Wireless Opens New Doors to Education


Thanks to John Shepard for sending me an article from the Worthington Globe on how wireless is changing education at District 518. The short take it – they’re going wireless. The buildings will be wireless, school computers will be able to access the wireless network and approved students wireless devices will have access as well. Students will also be able to checkout wireless devices to use at school.

I think this will revolutionize education is a good way. What’s funny is that I was just talking to my dad about these kinds of changes in the schools – based on my new favorite TED Talk on the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a series of videos created by Salman Khan to teach his nephews math. He posted them on YouTube and gained a following. (The videos are great – my 6 year old is learning very basic math from it, although it’s strength is more AP math.) The TED video talks about how some classes and schools have started to use the videos. So that the homework is to watch the videos; classroom time is spent working out problems online – with the teachers’ help when needed.

Combine both ideas and we’ll have kids watching the videos and doing problems on their own time in the school and beyond the walls. It’s a new approach, but one that will reach kids where they are for reasons that the Worthington Globe point out…

While the idea of cell phones being acceptable in the classroom may seem contradictory to a learning environment, Ernst believes such devices could enhance student learning if utilized correctly.

“It’s a mindset change, and we have to change the way we think,” she added. “Kids learn digitally, so we have to find ways to help them learn digitally in school. We can’t limit ourselves to what we grew up with because that’s not what’s in society today.”

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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