Wi-Fi turns Arizona school bus ride into productive time

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Magic School BusBy equipping one of its buses with wireless Internet access, a southern Arizona school district has reduced road rowdiness and even encouraged productivity and study habits.

The Vail School District near Tucson added a mobile router to one of its buses in the fall. It’s the district’s latest technological initiative, having replaced textbooks at Empire High School with laptop computers in 2005 and installed Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the school.

While some passengers on “the Internet Bus” play computer games and update their Facebook statuses, as the district’s superintendent told The New York Times: “That’s a whole lot better than having them bugging each other.”

Source: The New York Times, via Engadget and Nick Martin

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