Technology plays a key role in differentiated instruction, expanding the possibilities and making it more manageable for teachers at the same time. An unreliable Wi-Fi network can cause inhibition for the savviest teachers and a hindrance for the most current devices. A digital learning environment is only as effective as the network infrastructure it’s built upon.
If teachers are forced to troubleshoot student connectivity issues, they will struggle to use devices for differentiation and might give up on the devices and revert to old methodologies. With a better Wi-Fi network infrastructure, differentiated instruction will look much better. Since the pacing will be privatized and remained secure on the student’s device, there could be differentiation in readiness levels without student embarrassment. There could be differentiation based on IEPs without drawing undesired attention to learning differences in the classroom and based on interests, learning modalities, how the content is presented, the process students go through to familiarize themselves with the content, and the product students present at the end of a unit.
All of the differentiation is made possible by a Wi-Fi network capable of bearing the burden of a high-density environment like a school, where students, administrators, faculty, and the building itself rely on connectivity to function optimally.