WIFI on Wheels: How Austin is Connecting its Students
In most places around the country, school’s out for the summer…kind of.
Millions of students and teachers are beginning to navigate the murky waters of long-distance learning. But for many families, who don’t have access to the internet, this transition poses big problems.
The folks in Austin, TX love big problems. That’s why they live in Texas.
The school district got to work and repurposed its entire fleet of over 500 school busses into a sort of “WiFi on Wheels.”
Newly equipped with long-distance WiFi routers, the busses will be strategically placed around the city to provide connectivity to all students who need it, every weekday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.
The WiFi on wheels project is completely funded through a $600,000 grant from Kajeet, an education technology provider.
Similar projects are expected to be popping up in cities around the country. If you are an educator or affiliated with a school system, Kajeet offers a resource page to see if similar grants are available near you.