Schools Expand Wi-Fi Beyond the Classroom

Originally published January 11, 2018

Students in Minnesota who live nearly an hour from a big city log plenty of time on buses, whether they’re traveling to away games with the hockey team or going on field trips with the science club.

Eastern Carver County Schools in Chaska, Minn., wanted to make those long bus rides more productive and help teachers put that otherwise wasted time to good use. But to do that they needed to put the internet on wheels.

In the summer of 2013, the district began installing Cradlepoint access points on 20 of the buses it uses for field trips. The APs connect through a Verizon private network gateway to a Cisco Systemsrouter on the school’s network. The pilot was so successful that in spring 2014, Eastern Carver outfitted all 112 of the buses that ferry some 11,000 students to and from school each day.

Like Eastern Carver, many schools across the U.S. are extending their wireless networks to places such as school buses or sports facilities to give students expanded opportunities to connect and learn.

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