the buses were part of a wider effort to use technology to extend learning beyond classroom walls and the six-hour school dayIn the end, isn't that what we're all hoping to do? Extend learning beyond the classroom!
As an aside, I've had a junior faculty member ask "In a class of 25 students, why are 15 of them constantly text messaging while I lecture?" Should I tell him, or is ignorance is bliss?
Wi-Fi Turns Arizona Bus Ride Into a Rolling Study Hall
Students endure hundreds of hours on yellow buses each year getting to and from school in this desert exurb of Tucson, and stir-crazy teenagers break the monotony by teasing, texting, flirting, shouting, climbing (over seats) and sometimes punching (seats or seatmates).
But on this chilly morning, as bus No. 92 rolls down a mountain highway just before dawn, high school students are quiet, typing on laptops.
Morning routines have been like this since the fall, when school officials mounted a mobile Internet router to bus No. 92’s sheet-metal frame, enabling students to surf the Web. The students call it the Internet Bus, and what began as a high-tech experiment has had an old-fashioned — and unexpected — result. Wi-Fi access has transformed what was often a boisterous bus ride into a rolling study hall, and behavioral problems have virtually disappeared.