Original article can be found on The Edvocate.
By Matthew Lynch; January 26, 2018Ask what students do on their bus ride to school every morning and you’ll get a variety of answers: texting friends, chatting with neighbors, listening to music and sometimes – completing unfinished homework.
Depending on where a student lives in relation to school, their bus ride may be twenty to forty minutes long. And what’s accomplished during the morning or mid-afternoon rush? Chatting and texting and snacking and scribbling to complete worksheets.
What if we treated school buses as an informal first period? What if our students’ school days started the minute they stepped on their bus and took a seat? For some students, that equates to over an hour more each day of learning and productivity.
And what’s standing in their way of problem-solving and essay-writing on the go? Aside from a short attention span and the desire to chat with friends, there’s often no internet access.
Options like SmartBus allow students access to Wi-Fi that automatically filters out inappropriate content, social media distractions, and entertainment sites like Netflix and Spotify.
School has taken a technological turn for the better and more assignments and study materials can be found online. If students have access to working Wi-Fi they have access to instant intellectual improvement.
There are so many reasons why school buses should have Wi-Fi. Here are just a few to mention at your next PTA meeting:
If worksheets on wheels are a piece of cake for every student, today’s busy kids will have no problem cranking out the beginning of an English essay or solving a few online algebra problems en route to school. Provide your students with more time for homework and productive distractions to improve their intellect and overall wellbeing.
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