School bus becomes mobile learning lab through public-private partnership
- Through a partnership with Verizon Wireless and Samsung, a school bus in the Washington, D.C. area was retrofitted into a "Mobile Learning Lab," complete with its own generator, air conditioner, wireless 4G LTE Internet connectivity, on-board tutors and individual workstations with tablet computers and docking stations.
- The school bus is part of an initiative to reach high school students in underserved communities in D.C. and Maryland and give them individualized help with their college admissions essays and scholarship applications in the hopes of helping them stand out in the competitive field of college-bound students.
- Tutors on the bus are college students from nearby Howard University, and they help students each week at schools like Calvin Coolidge High School use the bus' tablet computers to research and review examples of good college essays, brainstorm personal statement ideas and draft their own documents electronically, eliminating easily lost or misplaced paper documents.
From the article:
With nearly 500,000 school buses transporting students daily in this country, one in particular stands out at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. Instead of the familiar vehicle emblazoned with bright yellow paint, this one is wrapped in bold graphics showing enthusiastic students using wireless devices to reflect what actually goes on inside this unique vehicle, known as the Mobile Learning Lab. It's a retrofitted school bus equipped with its own generator, air conditioner, wireless 4G LTE internet connectivity, on-board tutors, and individual workstations with tablet computers and docking stations. ...
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