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April 10, 2013  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

Student raises $6,000 for Wi-Fi on school buses


INDIANAPOLIS — A high school student here has raised more than $6,000 to support his goal of getting Wi-Fi installed on some of his district’s buses, WISH reports.  

If Wi-Fi units are installed on the buses, the district will then consider whether to expand the program based on the success of the pilot program.

The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township said in a statement to the news outlet that the superintendent is supportive of the idea, and administrators are working on developing guidelines and regulations for having Wi-Fi installed on the buses.

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That would be 40 minutes of pure bliss. I don't see an issue with it. Some tour and transit buses have WiFi such as Greyhound and Academy. There could be filters put up to prevent internet abuse just like they have at public WiFi hotspots. The only flaw I see with this is that each unit for each bus in the entire fleet (whatever amount of buses that is) would be expensive! Props to the districts that do install these, because we surely wouldn't mind it. :D

Archie    |    Apr 18, 2013 12:16 PM

My primary concern is the health and safety of our children and teachers. According to the WHO our schools are not safe. In 2011 the WHO classified wi fi radiation as a class 2B carcinogen. As toxic as lead and DDT. Some of the adverse health effects repeatedly documented are; permanent DNA damage, increased risk of cancer, heart and circulatory problems, weakening of the blood brain barrier, insomnia, thyroid disruption, neurological and behavioral problems and decreased cognitive function. At least 12 studies have confirmed damage to sperm. Wi Fi systems in schools are typically hundreds of times more powerful than home consumer systems. WI Fi systems in schools are more powerful than any microwave communication systems in any other setting because they are required to run hundreds of computers simultaneously. They are exposing children for many hours each day throughout their childhoods. Children are much more vulnerable to toxins than adults. This is an unprecedented experiment using our children as lab rats. Over 60 international organizations support the campaign to get wi fi out of schools. Among them are, The Los Angeles Teachers Union, The British Teachers Union, The Ontario Catholic Teachers Union, The American Association of Pediatric Physicians and the Council of Europe. Dr. Martha Herbert, a pediatric neurologist at the Harvard Medical School says it is urgent that we get WI FI out of the schools to prevent a potential public health disaster. The National Education Association believes that “all educational facilities must be free from hazardous electromagnetic fields.”

dee ehm    |    Apr 15, 2013 08:50 AM

My school has Internet-connected buses. It's an open network that can be picked up by any TCP/IP device for basic e-mail and Website uses, while also providing intranet library services for research purposes. It's amazing how much work can be done from a bus while it's stuck in traffic jams caused by inefficient drivers. I've been able to write several pages of an article on a laptop and send the document from my seat, all while going about fifteen miles in an hour. Of course, if all drivers would keep to the right lane except when passing, the bus ride would have been twenty minutes, but they don't, so productivity abounds when technology is leveraged appropriately.

Alexander Rogge    |    Apr 11, 2013 11:37 PM

Stella, Usually networks operated by school districts have Filters so students cannot look up inappropriate things.

ED    |    Apr 11, 2013 03:35 PM

Be careful what you wish for as this may open up a whole can of worms. Students using inappropriate sites, others possibly latching on to the "rolling wi-fi". I see this a potential for abuse plus how long is a normal bus ride?

Stella    |    Apr 11, 2013 01:35 PM

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