Plan for digital conversion prompts district to examine Wi-Fi availability
DCS technology director Kathy Rains said two schools will continue this month to pilot a program that turns buses into moving Wi-Fi hubs.
“We’re having to be creative in our approach to make sure all our students can access the internet,” she said.
Rains is part of an 11-member committee that introduced a digital conversion plan in November that would eliminate textbooks, but give students around-the-clock access to the classroom through the internet.
Making sure every student has access to the internet is imperative, but pushing to make Decatur a Wi-Fi city may be too costly.
Students at Julian Harris and Cedar Ridge Middle experimented with a device that made a bus a Wi-Fi hub before they left school for the holiday break.
The device, which is about the size of a cellphone, gave students internet access from the moment they got on the bus until they arrived home.
Cedar Ridge student Destin Ishman used his school-issued laptop to check his semester grades. “It was awesome,” he said.
Juan Morrow, a seventh-grade student, said he got online because he does not always have access to the internet at home. “This is a good thing because I’ll be able to use my computer at home anytime I get ready,” he said.