A need for speed: District installing additional access points for faster Internet access

HARLINGEN — Will you hurry up.

That’s one scenario possibly being played out by high school students trying to connect to the Internet with their digital devices. They have work to do and they need to access websites, but it’s taking way too long.

Who’s being difficult? The iPhone? The iPad?

None of the above, as it turns out.

The use of digital devices in class has become so popular there just aren’t enough access points to meet the demand. Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) schools, so digital devices are gaining popularity as viable research tools. Students download Google Apps, online book apps, and online library resources, and they’re able to collaborate with experts throughout the world.

However, they’re only viable if they can access the Internet, and that has become a problem lately.

That’s about to change. James Pearcy, director of technology for the Harlingen school district, is installing more access points in both high schools so students can more easily log-on. He began the $620,000 project in December and expects to finish in February. It’s being paid for by the extra tax dollars collected through the recent tax ratification election.

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