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tlbc
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  10:22:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit tlbc's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We are looking at getting Wi-Fi on some buses wanted to know some info from them of you that us it. Like cost, how many kids can use at once where you get equipment and if you think it helps with discipline.

bwest
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  11:52:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting, didn't even know you could do that. Wonder what we did when we were in school? lol You might want to post this on the mechanic's forum. If anyone would know it would be the guys that work on these things. lol

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08 Thomas EF
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Posted - 04/10/2013 :  6:13:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit 08 Thomas EF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'd be interested in hearing the justification for this. Keep kids glued to the screen to help behavior? Give them more time to do the ever-increasing amount of work they have to do and hold them more accountable for it?

Edited by - 08 Thomas EF on 04/10/2013 6:14:07 PM
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MN112
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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  12:51:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit MN112's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Recently we installed Wi-Fi systems on 25 of our 110 buses. We focused on our field trip/activity buses because we wanted to give our students every opportunity to complete their school work while they are travelling for sports and activities. In addition, having Wi-Fi on the buses allows the teachers to take students out of the classroom while still being able to enter date or do research. Also, in an emergency situation (school evacuation or such) teachers and staff can easily access their emergency plans and phone numbers while on a bus.

An added benefit we've found is that the students are engaged while riding the bus, thus reducing discipline problems.

It works very similarly to wi-fi in your local coffee shops. And the access runs through our District systems, so students can't access adult sites or gaming sites. We're very happy with the success so far.
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tlbc
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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  2:20:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit tlbc's Homepage  Reply with Quote
MN112 Would you know what the start up cost and monthly cost would be. Who do you use for you monthly service provider would be. How many kids can accesses it at one time. Any more info. you could provide would be great.
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MN112
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Posted - 04/18/2013 :  05:39:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit MN112's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We received a one-time grant from the School Board for the start up costs. Each cradle point cost about $680. We chose Verizon as the provider, because we found they have the best coverage currently in our area. Right now we're paying about $40/month for 5 gigs on each unit, but we're watching the usage closely. Verizon offers different packages depending on the usage, so we'll adjust our package as we better understand how the units are being used. They also give us the opportunity to suspend the service in the summer, so we don't pay for idle units.

So far we've had buses full of athletes (up to 50 High Schoolers), and they each have had service, so we're not sure what the limit is on users.
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