Published: June 30, 2014 | United States
‘Connected’ classroom on-wheels powered by AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent
AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent have teamed up to make the school bus a classroom on wheels, introducing a “Connected Bus” solution that helps K-12 school districts deliver new, affordable learning experiences and other capabilities to students, teachers and bus drivers across their school transportation system.
Connected Bus supports various technology-in-education initiatives in the U.S. by using wireless technology, AT&T’s 4G LTE network and devices to increase students’ access to information, instruction and teachers. Designed to perform on the move, Connected Bus provides new options for school districts to extend the school day from the time students board the school bus, until they arrive at home. Connected Bus offers a comprehensive way for school systems to address many of the issues they face in pupil transportation.
- It makes it easier than ever to extend Internet connectivity on buses. With onboard Wi-Fi, students can access to the Internet on their own devices. They can communicate with family or friends, complete homework or access information on the way to a field trip.
- It offers real-time streaming video and broadcast speakers, enabling schools to deliver individual or district wide broadcast announcements.
- The solution allows remote monitoring of driver and student behavior to limit the potential for accidents and bullying.
Additionally, AT&T is working with Udacity to create nanodegree – efficient, accessible, affordable online training for high-demand tech jobs. Courses will be on-line, self-paced and taught by leaders in tech, with personalized, coaches, career counselling and access to industry experts every step of the way. Both programs are a part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s ongoing commitment to prepare learners for success in school and the 21st Century workforce.