On Monday, Google said that it is expanding its initiative that first began as a pilot program in North and South Carolina bring Chromebook and Wi-Fi to more school buses in 16 counties in the US. The new expansion will enable significantly more youngsters to access the fast internet before and after school hours.
According to the company, its program will connect students to school work assigned through internet apps and it is also offering Chromebooks to students to access study material online like videos, articles, and worksheets during their (sometimes very long) bus ride home.
Google’s ‘Rolling Study Halls’ adds Wi-Fi to school buses to provide an opportunity to students to better utilize the commute time. It is already searching ways to make uses useful outside of school hours.
“We are so excited to bring Rolling Study Halls to communities across the country,” Google executive Susan Molinari said. “It’s so important for students to have access to the resources they need to be successful in school and in their future careers.” Halls also added, “The program will apparently help students reclaim more than 1.5 million hours of learning time that would otherwise be spent hurling spitballs at classmates.”
The work under Rolling Study Halls initiative is supported by the Consortium for School Networking which is an advocacy group promoting technology use in K-12 environments and Kajeet, which offers 4G LTE connectivity.