The school year is drawing to a close in Georgia, but students near Ocilla are working harder than ever – on their school buses. Google has teamed up with the Irwin County School District to pilot a Rolling Study Halls program that brings Wi-Fi to those who have long bus commutes. Four buses are now outfitted with Wi-Fi capabilities, an on-board educator and laptop computers that enable students to complete some of their homework assignments during their bus ride.
The average daily route time for some of these students is 55 to 75 minutes each way. Along with helping them reclaim this time, the Rolling Study Halls program allows them to have daily access to a reliable internet connection, which is not readily available in parts of the rural community and is increasingly necessary for homework assignments.
Gov. Brian Kemp recently launched the Rolling Study Halls initiative at Irwin County Middle School. The district is one of 16 nationwide where Google is piloting the onboard Wi-Fi program.
Photo of Gov. Brian Kemp with Irwin County Middle School students provided by Google.