The next generation of mobile technology, 5G is all set to bring huge advancements in all fields of work. It is envisaged to bring a “Networked Society”, thereby providing unlimited access to information and data at any time and anywhere by anyone and anything. 5G has an infinite capacity to provide huge enhancements in the areas of energy efficiency, the accuracy of terminal location and many more. According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, the number of 5G subscriptions will cross the 1 billion mark, and 5G will cover 20% of the global population by the year 2023.
It can change the world even more profoundly than 3G and 4G. As per a recent report of some Economists, it has been estimated that by the year 2035, the global economic impact of 5G in new goods and services will reach $12 trillion. The impact of 5G technology is not just limited to manufacturing, autos, and healthcare. It will also make a major impact on the education industry by promoting quality education and a number of learning opportunities.
Following are the ways in which 5G will have a positive impact on Education:
5G networks are expected to be 100 times faster than the current 4G networks. This will lead to faster and easier communication. This has the capability to create new ways of Tele-Teaching and Telementoring, especially for manual training and skill development. Distance learning and distance team-working can also be initiated with this.
5G will encourage more usage of virtual reality and this will help in providing quality education and then improving understanding among the students. There will be more hands-on-experience and the learning process can be much more interesting. Virtual tours and interactions with models will help in learning in a more innovative way.
Recently, AR has also started to show its relevance and usefulness in education. AR adds digital elements to the live view and it can be an efficient way of providing the right amount of information at the right time to the right audience. Mobile cloud classroom and virtual presence will help in promoting new ways of learning. As per the predictions of experts, the AR/VR industry will reach more than $25 billion by 2025—and the growth will continue steadily.
Physical location constraints for experimental practices and information sharing can be minimized by the use of 5G. As the 5G network is way too faster, learning can be done easily between a larger number of students irrespective of their current location.
Personalized learning is highly encouraged as it will be better than traditional learning. Each learner will be having access to the mobile device and they will be connected into intelligent personalized systems that will promote better learning experiences and efficient decision making.
Cloud-based storage helps us in accessing the data anywhere and at any time. But sometimes there is a delay in accessing the data here even with a relatively fast internet connection. So, in order to cumbersome, 5G will help us. Future mobile technology will help us in accessing the data anywhere by using distributed cloud and mobile edge computing. There will be immediate response and the students can easily resume their work according to their convenient time and place.
IoT Applications are making a huge impact on our lives and one of the fastest-growing areas of these applications is in education. Smart Classrooms will help in improving the teaching, learning, and campus operating experience. The administrative load on the teachers will be reduced by this and they will be able to concentrate on the individuals more. There will be enhanced concentration, real-time feedbacks, efficient problem solving and many more in these types of classrooms. By the year 2020, there will be over 30 billion IoT devices.
Mobile Technologies and services always generate a decent amount of GDP. In the year 2016, they contributed to around 4.4% of GDP which is about $3.3 trillion in economic value and this is about to grow over $4.2 trillion by the year 2020. Investment in this industry will lead to huge benefits for the education industry also. New and innovative ways of learning will come into practice.