One of the cool things that I remember about Google Employee perks is WiFi equipped buses. For most of the corporates, especially in Silicon Valley, this is now a normal thing. However, wouldn’t it be cool to have WiFi in school buses?
To help kids in rural America, Google has been testing a program called “Rolling Study Halls”. After the success of the initial test runs, Google is preparing to expand this program across 16 school districts in 12 states — including Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Rolling Study Halls is a program that equips school buses with free WiFi and Chromebooks so that students can complete their homework on the way to and from their schools. Well, almost like people getting online and working while commuting to and from work in the bay area!
According to Google, participating school districts will receive mobile wifi routers, data plans, and devices to help transform their buses into mobile learning spaces. Along with access to technology, students will also have access to an onboard educator who can provide help with assignments and engaging digital activities. To me, this is the most attractive part of this program.
You can read more about this program here.