This week, on WYFF News Online (Greenville, SC), reporter Mike McCormick had a report on Spartanburg School District One’s commitment to helping students make good use of the time they spend riding to and from field trips and sporting events. Six of District One’s activity buses now have Wi-Fi capability.
The new technology, rolled out in the last month, is part of the district’s one-to-one technology initiative. Students can bring their district-issued Chromebooks on the bus and do research or special assignments. They can research the places they go on field trips before they get there to know what to expect and make notes for assignments on the way back. “It puts a whole new dimension onto what a field trip can be,” said Dr. Jimmy Pryor, director of technology for Spartanburg School District One.
Only students and teachers on the bus can access the Wi-Fi. It is not available to passing and parked vehicles nearby. Just like the internet in school buildings, the system is restricted for content.