What is a WiFi Network?
A WiFi network enables teachers and students using WiFi enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets, smart phones or other WiFi devices to connect to the school computer network without needing a network cable. WiFi networks consist of a combination of wired and WiFi elements.
It is a shared medium in that user devices share frequency channels to communicate. As such, it requires careful planning for dynamic usage patterns and capacity variations. The WiFi network needs to have the capacity to handle a dynamically changing load throughout the school day.
The introduction of always-on WiFi Internet (WiFi) provides teachers, subject departments and schools with the potential to transform teaching and learning and to provide a greatly enhanced learning environment.
This technology has similar potential outside the formal classroom, in social areas, in the library and generally in the environs of the school. Central to success is the extension of proven teaching and learning approaches to include the effective use of well-chosen WiFi devices and applications.
The use of WiFi technology can support and enhance learning and teaching, can facilitate students in working collaboratively and can provide and enhance opportunities for independent learning. Thus, to a great extent, the aim is integration of the technology into established proven methodologies and the development of sound pedagogical approaches to enhance student learning.