If knowledge is power, students everywhere should have reliable Internet access and the chance to empower themselves, broaden their minds, and further their education.
Students of all ages require access to information to acquire new skills and learn more about the world around them, but absent or unreliable Internet can leave students with unanswered questions, less support, and fewer resources and opportunities.
Lack of dependable Internet access can also mean group projects, homework assignments, and research projects go undone. Students miss out on learning and growth opportunities. They are unable to explore new fields of interest and options. In short, students, and their communities, are unable to fulfill their potential because of a lack of reliable Internet access.
A critical way to address this gap is by advancing digital inclusion. Digital inclusion is an individual’s or community’s ability to access and use communication technologies and information for day-to-day activities. And, one way to further digital inclusion is by providing schools, ranging from K-12 and charter schools to online universities, with low-cost Internet access and mobile hotspots to distribute to students and educators alike.
What would the world look like if students in every community had reliable Internet access?
Hotspots for Students Encourage Learning Outside the Classroom
It is important that all students have the tools and resources needed to access new information, experiment with knowledge, and connect with peers and mentors as much as family and friends. While some students can access the Internet while at school, a 2021 study by EduSurge found that more than 2 million K-12 students do not have adequate home Internet access.
Consider the leaps students from all walks of life could make were they to have access to reliable and fast Internet. Mobile devices such as hotspots, can open up a world of opportunities, helping to enable a transformation for students from dreamer to doer.
Digital Equity Encourages More Efficient Collaboration
When using the Internet at school, it’s easier for students to collaborate with each other to edit class presentations, share documents, and store files in the cloud.
Digital inequity at home leads to students falling behind on projects and much more. It can lead to what is often referred to as the homework gap — an experience that prevents students from finishing schoolwork because of a lack of Internet access at home.
Hotspots for students is one way to help equip them with the tools they need to collaborate with classmates inside and outside the school. This is important not only in the short-term, but has profound implications on a person’s professional life.
Take, for example, a simple fact. Employers value job candidates who work well in teams, however, teamwork is a skill learned when we are young. Through play and collaborative projects, students learn to communicate better with each other and arrive at common goals.
This makes them more confident as they step out into the world, attend college, sit for interviews, and become leaders themselves.
Hotspots can help provide equitable access to the Internet, and such equitable access gives all students the opportunity to tap into their potential.
Hotspots for Students Nurture Personalized Training
Not everyone learns at the same pace or shares the same learning style. As educators and adults striving to create an equitable world for our children, it is important to ensure that we meet a student’s learning needs where they are.
This is done more easily with hotspots for students that helps them connect to the Internet and to educators. Some students may be intimidated to ask questions in a class full of other students. If educators want to engage with these students in a different setting where the student may be more comfortable, lack of Internet access shouldn’t get in the way.
Hotspots can be used to connect teachers and students outside the classroom to communicate via video, email, or instant messaging. This opens up opportunities for all students to express themselves freely through mediums they are comfortable with.
Personalized instruction can help students succeed in the classroom and to learn at their own pace.
Equitable Internet Access Helps Deliver Interactive Education
From real-time online tests to virtual trips around the world, there are several ways for students today to explore different subjects without a textbook. The one necessity? Access to information online.
Hotspots for students, and reliable Internet, can help provide the ability to learn and network in real-time, and can mean more than we may realize.
Mobile Citizen provides low-cost Internet and mobile hotspots to schools and libraries. To help close the digital divide and advance digital inclusion in your community, contact our experts in the Mobile Citizen Customer Service Center at 877-216-9603.