Squint a little bit—and ignore the lack of color-coded pajamas—and the modern classroom might as well be Starfleet Academy (go watch Star Trek if you don’t get the reference. It is great). Faculty and students tapping away at their touchscreens and interactive digital learning platforms. 4K video and collaboration connecting students to content and people everywhere in the world. Lighting, security cameras, thermostats, and a hundred other devices all networked together in smart classrooms and campuses.
Primary education is becoming a bold new frontier where no one has gone before. The growing use of Wi-Fi in public education is playing a big part in making this new frontier a reality. And while it’s easy to get caught up in the sci-fi vision of tomorrow, school IT administrators face more mundane—and much more pressing—questions right now: