Indiana school buses getting WiFi
Kokomo-Center Schools plans to equip all 65 of its school buses with wireless Internet access by the end of the school year.
District operations director Mike Wade says WiFi will especially help students involved in extra-curricular activities like sports and marching band, giving them access to the Internet as they travel to and from competitive events.
"This is huge," Wade said. "I remember as a coach, driving 2 hours. If I could have done my work, that would have been great."
Some homework must be done on a computer. "If I have an essay or a paper to do, I need a computer for that," said district spokesman Dave Barnes.
While students may be tempted to surf the Web instead of doing their homework, their access to the Internet will be limited by the district's network, which doesn't allow access to social networking and other sites that may be unrelated to school, Barnes said.
The district plans for every high school student to have a laptop within three years. Freshmen already have theirs, Barnes said.
The planned upgrades also include GPS on every bus, which will allow parents and school officials to track buses along their routes.
Critical thinking challenge: If you had WiFi on your bus, how would you use it?
- Posted on February 13, 2013