When you are a rural pupil, the ride to school might easily take a hour or two. That is a lot of lost time which might be better spent doing homework or studying for tests. Google, however, is determined to put that extended commute to good use: it is formally launch Rolling Study Halls, or school buses equipped with Wi-fi, computers and on bus teachers to assist rural students with work beyond school hours. The official program will extend to two pilots at the Carolinas to include 16 additional school districts, beginning now with the Deer Trail neighborhood of Colorado.

If all goes well, Google may have reclaimed about 1.5 million hours for tens of thousands of pupils by the end of the school year. Google notes that schools will place the policies for the onboard accessibility, so that they could limit children to class related sites. The business isn’t alone in this undertaking, either, as it is enlisting the assistance of both school networking nonprofit CoSN in addition to low income broadband supplier Kajeet. There is No doubt that Google stands to benefit from the program: this gets Chromebooks in front of students that may only ever see them at the class room, if at all. In the same time, however, it must level of the playing field for rural children who’d to cut into greatly restricted spare time or suffer needlessly. There’s signs it could work, a study of the South Carolina aviator showed that students were likely to be literate and complete assignments, and so were not as likely to face discipline. While there is no guarantee which can translate into other schools, it bodes well for the enlarged program.

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