Carver County schools get Wi-Fi buses rolling - New York News

Carver County schools get Wi-Fi buses rolling

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High school students have a lot of homework, but one metro school district is putting technology and transportation together to help traveling students get things done on the road.

More and more teachers are putting assignments online for students to access and turn in electronically. Technology can even help students track which projects they're missing, but while it's easy to access in the classroom or at home, it's tough for students traveling on buses to get their work done offline.

"It's really difficult because the bus rides are two hours long, and when you get home you don't' have any motivation to do your homework after that," said Maggie Udstuen.

Thanks to a grant, students in Carver County won't have to struggle to find a signal. The Eastern Carver County School District recently made the move to install wireless Internet on their buses to help students traveling for athletics or on field trips get their homework done on the drive.

"We are the second in the state and the first in the metro area to offer wi-fi to the students," said John Thomas, transportation coordinator.

So far, Thomas has outfitted 25 buses, and student athletes like Bridgette Grobe say the benefits are enormous -- especially as more and more homework is put on the school's website.

"Without that, I probably wouldn't know what my homework was and I would be really far behind when I get back," she said.

It's not just athletes who are welcoming the wi-fi. It's also helpful for assignments given out on field trips as well.

"Students can be entering data and have it done here instead of having to come all the way back to the building," Thomas explained.

Many parents may be wondering how the system is monitored, but Thomas explained that the access is limited in the same way it is for students at school.

Ultimately, the district hopes to outfit all 110 buses to allow students to work on assignments to and from school as well. As an added bonus, Thomas says drivers are also reporting better behavior on long rides while students focus on their homework.

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