Saturday, April 27, 2013

Herald: Eastern Washington Kids Enjoy Wi-Fi-Enabled School Buses

Posted By on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

While Idaho continues to debate over technology funding for Gem State school kids, some students right across the border are enjoying Wi-Fi hookups on school buses.

This morning's Tri-City Herald reports that five Eastern Washington school districts secured a grant to install wireless modems on school busses so that students—particularly on long commutes to school or sporting events—can surf the web or do homework. One particular region, the Prosser School District, encompasses 622 miles, according to the herald, making for some long bus rides—with some routes taking an hour-and-a-half to drive. The district bought 10 tablets, at a cost of $99 each, for students who don't have devices to use while riding Wi-Fi-enabled buses.

The Wi-Fi access also has filters.

"It's as secure as if they were using the Internet at school," Brenda Graham, prosser's technology director, told the Herald.

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