WIFI for the School Bus – Yay or Nay?

According to SinglePoint, school districts across the US are being consolidated, lengthening bus rides for children. Adding WIFI can be an educational tool while these kids are spending more time on their commute.

Currently, 38% of all kids under 2 have used a mobile device and 72% of kids under 8 have also used a mobile device. Twelve point one is the average age when a kid receives their first phone. Fifty-six percent of kids 8-12 have a cellphone and 88% of Americans over 18 have a mobile device. Right now, 51% of high school kids carry a cell phone. In just two years, family ownership of tablets has grown from 8% to 40% from 2011 to 2013.

Ninety-one percent of Americans currently have access to WIFI of atleast 10 Mbps downstream. And public access of wireless internet has increased from 20% in 2009 to 80% in 2013. There’s over 500 million internet-connected devices in homes and businesses.

Currently, 74% of teachers say that technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content. Additionally, 74% of teachers say that technology motivates students to learn. Parents agree. Sixty-eight percent of parents say that mobile devices and apps can help their students learn math, science, reading, foreign languages and social studies. Over 50% of parents say that schools should make more use of devices for education.

There you have it! Read on in the infographic below.

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