The one-room school bus

Why not turn bus time into learning time? Paul Tough describes the Aspirnaut Initiative, which lets achievers in rural Grapevine, Arkansas take online classes as they ride to school 90 minutes away.

Thanks to (Dr. Billy) Hudson’s project, two of the three buses that serve Grapevine are now wired for Internet connectivity. High-achieving students who are accepted into the program are issued laptop computers and enrolled in online math and science courses, including algebra and advanced-placement biology. On the way to and from school, they complete assignments, do research and communicate with instructors by e-mail. Older students use MacBooks; younger students get the hardy, bright green XO laptops being distributed in developing countries around the world as part of Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child program.

My stepson commutes to his job at Google on a wired bus. He can go through his e-mail before he walks in the door.

Update: Some school districts are selling ads on school buses to raise money, notes Flypaper.


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  1. I rode to high school on a bus–an hour trip each way given morning traffic and stops. Almost all students used that time to do homework already. You don’t need a laptop to do homework.

  2. Perhaps not, but an airline-type tray table would certainly be nice.

  3. until there’s an accident

  4. A good site for “bus-study” of Biology: Biology Questions and Answers.

  5. And if it works the next step would be to see if leaving home is necessary?