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January 08, 2010  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Arizona district equips school bus with Internet access


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VAIL, Ariz. — Vail School District has equipped one of its school buses with a wireless router, supplying students with Internet access during long rides.

School officials say the Wi-Fi service encourages students to study during the bus ride and contributes to a quieter, safer atmosphere on board.

Chief Information Officer Matt Federoff says the units incorporate GPS and the same wireless network used on school campuses, which provides security filters that prevent students from viewing inappropriate content.

The district has identified 19 buses that serve the longest routes for two high schools and is applying for a grant to equip those buses with routers by the end of the school year, The Arizona Daily Star reports.


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i wish more could be known to the aides of special needs buses so we could be on top of the special needs children swo we could do our job more efficiationally

debra gille    |    Jan 26, 2010 08:33 PM

I don't think this is such a good idea. In the event of a accident these lap tops will go flying in the bus and hit other sutdents. Even an abrupt stop will cause these laptops to fall. Will the district be responsible to replace these laptops? Not a good idea at all. They need to rethink this idea.

Richard    |    Jan 11, 2010 04:19 AM

I am a school bus driver (38 years) I peersonally feel computers on a bus would be a missile in an accident. If one student was to get mad at another they might use them as a weapon. It could also cause students to stand up or lean over a seat to see what someone else is doing.

Estelle    |    Jan 09, 2010 02:51 PM

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