Huntsville city school leaders are considering adding some Internet technology on school buses to help give students an edge with learning.
Fourth grade student Abby Kratsch is excited about the possibility of having Internet access on her school bus. She loves studying science, and having her laptop with her on the bus is something she says she could get used to. "Well, it's pretty cool because you have WI FI on the bus and you can do whatever you want and stuff," Kratsch said.
WI-FI equipment has been installed in 20 city school buses. The proposed project is a pilot program. Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski says 90 percent of the bus routes are an hour or longer. Students could also log onto the Internet while traveling to sporting events and field trips.
The system has a filter that blocks kids from adult websites. Wardynski says this program is worth every cent, "...and for the children, given they have these long bus rides in the morning and afternoon, what we want to do is provide the ability to stay connected to the web and their school work and homework problems."
At the end of the semester school officials will decide to whether or not to implement this program on city school buses. The program would cost eight dollars per month to provide WI-FI.