dcps2 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/21/14) – The Daviess County Public Schools district has installed wireless access on selected school buses to allow students to extend learning opportunities while on the road.

The buses are designated for use on extended field trips and to transport students to and from school activities.

“Our goal is to expand instructional time by providing filtered Internet access to students when traveling on a school bus,” said Steve Burton, DCPS Computer Operations manager. District technology personnel worked with AT&T vendors to resolve encryption and routing issues to be sure inappropriate websites are blocked.

“We are all very excited about the creation of new digital access opportunities for DCPS students,” Sparks said.

Anthony Sparks, DCPS Director of Instructional Technology, said the new Wi-Fi system is a natural expansion of the district’s innovation in technology. “Daviess County Public Schools is a technology-rich district where students in grades 9-12 have 24/7 laptop access,” Sparks said, noting that DCPS was the first school district in Kentucky to implement a student laptop program. “The availability of technology is significantly increasing for elementary and middle school students. Students on all levels are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to enhance learning.”

Sparks said the “connected” school buses will also benefit students beyond the school year.

By placing the buses in strategic locations around Daviess County, students will be able to access “hot spots” during the summer to promote continued learning. “We want to encourage students to continue to access and read both literary and informational texts; use the Internet to research topics of interest; and utilize digital resources to maintain literacy and numeracy skills and engage in thinking,” Sparks said.

DCPS district technology funds have paid for the pilot installation of wireless access on two school buses.

The program will expand this Spring as the district plans to equip as many as 25 additional buses with wireless access. Projected costs include about $30,000 for equipment and $8,000 to defray the monthly cost of Internet access.

The Wi-Fi buses were piloted with a group of band students from Apollo and Daviess County high schools on a recent trip to the Morehead State University Band Clinic.

“Whether on a 30-minute bus ride to school, a 90-minute ride to an evening competition or an extra-curricular journey across the state, students will be able to better maximize their time for learning. Because the system is designed to work reliably in almost every area of the state, students can easily complete teacher assignments, research particular topics, collaborate with friends on projects and create meaningful digital products.”

SurfKY News
Information provided by Lora Wimsatt

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Webster County Traffic Advisory

WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/25/15) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Kentucky 132 in Webster… Read More

DCHS Student Council Hosts May Day 5K

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (4/26/15) — The Daviess County High School Student Council is sponsoring its sixth annual May Day… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 12284

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7624

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5816

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4926

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4227

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12284

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8841

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 25, 2015 1294

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 1023

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 892

Planning Commission Approves Zoning Amendments…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 848

Superheroes ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 742

Focus on Hopkins County: Interview with Sheriff…

by Tim Thomas
April 25, 2015 711

Webster County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
April 25, 2015 626

Tobacco Quitline Callers Eligible for Extra…

by Beth Fisher
April 26, 2015 607

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 25, 2015 581

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 569

Keeping the Faith - 'To Die Trying'

by Ronnie McBrayer