Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) can enhance these innovations in-field learning. Students using AR can interact with a digital overlay atop their everyday life to learn with a more hands-on approach. 5G wireless in the classroom will let multiple students interact with the same video and images while enjoying personalized experiences and sharing discoveries.
Meanwhile, VR will enhance student experiences in both real and imagined spaces: Kids will hop aboard a small-engine aircraft for an immersive view from above that's just like being in the cockpit, take a simulated tour inside the body and navigate to Mars on a high-speed virtual spacecraft.
High-speed wireless networks will permit devices that are now tethered to hardwired data lines to move about freely, unleashing a flood of new educational applications for robotics. Students can pilot their robots through caves and explore underwater worlds with remote-controlled submersible vehicles.
Robotics and other technological advances will also mean breakthroughs for students with disabilities. For those who are unable to participate in classroom activities, remote-controlled robotic avatars can be their eyes and ears, allowing them to experience the classroom, ask questions and interact with others as if they were there in person. Robots can also help students with disabilities perform manual tasks, such as conducting science experiments in a laboratory and even participating in athletics. Surround video and sound delivered through stereoscopic headsets will help them to transcend physical limitations and take their place with classroom peers.
Advances will also create the need for new precautions. Technology in elementary school needs to be tightly monitored to prevent breaches that could steal students' information or subject them to inappropriate content. Mobile device management will need to accommodate a growing variety of endpoints while giving administrators a comprehensive view of their networks. Fortunately, 5G networks have the functionality to implement a more comprehensive set of controls and auditing measures than are now possible, keeping children safe while enhancing the quality of their education.
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