Thursday I sat in an ActivBoard Cadre meeting at another local school in Reno – a school surrounded by homes and apartments – and when I opened my laptop I noted that I had 15 wireless connections available – 3 that were not password protected. So I made use of one while I was in the meeting and was able to access and share things I couldn’t have without the connection. I didnâ€™t get a chance to ask the teacher whose classroom I was in if she had noticed the available connections. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m not the first person to think of this, but I wonder how many schools are located in neighborhoods where numerous wireless connections are available?
I doubt many students routinely bring their own wireless laptops to school â€“ but what kinds of issues would arise if students started utilizing these free resources? What if teachers started to use them? Should they? There are no blocked sites, no IT interference … um … free â€¦ what are the implications?
Will wireless routers within a certain distance from schools be required to password protect them? Who is liable if a student accesses MySpace or porn or other school district banned site while at school by accessing a private person’s open connection?
I’m just asking. Lots to consider.