Do you want a school bus with WiFi?
The district will begin wiring four school buses used for longer trips with industrial grade WiFi in January. The service will be available on buses used trips such as those taken by band members and sports teams.
"We are living in a digital age," said Eric Sipes, information technology executive director for the district. "We are at that point where we have to embrace it."
The result is a goal of ensuring that every student, from kindergartener to high school senior, will eventually be linked. Each student can use a laptop, iPad or some sort of personal technology device at the district's expense.
Educators nationwide are managing a shift in how students learn, including what they expect from teachers, said Ray Daniels, co-chairman of the Mayors' Bistate Innovation Team and a former superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools.
Daniels said when students first began bringing their cellphones and laptops into classrooms, most school districts told them to turn off the devices and pay attention. Now, districts are asking students to log on to those devices.
"You will never replace the good teacher," he said. "But technology is going to play a bigger and bigger role."
Critical thinking challenge: Why have schools changed their policy about cellphones and laptops?
- Posted on January 1, 2013