WiFi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

FILE (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) – For some rural school children in South Carolina, tech giant Google is stepping in to help ensure they can get online to do their homework and make use of their often lengthy commutes to and from school.

Google unveiled Monday one of more than 2 dozen school buses it’s outfitted with WiFi for students in Berkeley County. Some students in the sprawling, rural district spend a total of two hours riding the bus to and from school each day.

A grant to the school district also provides for 1,700 Chromebooks, the Google laptops on which public school children do their class and homework as school books largely are replaced by online worksheets and articles.

Google hopes to expand the program into other rural area across the country.

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