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March 21, 2014

The NBT: Rolling Study Halls


Maggie: What is new? What is cool? What is the next big thing? Well, we will meet some folks who think your ride to school could be a little more productive. But first, let’s see what you thought about last week’s.

Last week, we told you about snowkiting, a sport that some people were using to make the best of the end of winter. Using a special kite and a pair of skis or a snowboard, some can snowkite up to 60 miles per hour in sub-zero weather.

So, is snowkiting the next big thing? You guys pretty much overwhelmingly agreed on this one. Eighty-two percent said, ‘Yes, kiting is cool’. But eighteen percent said, ‘No, I’d rather be warm’.

So, how many of you have a really long ride to school every day? Minutes or hours spent getting to school and then minutes or hours spent on the way home afterwards. Well, this idea could make your ride a little more interesting.

Think of it as wifi on wheels or a rolling study hall. Students spend hundreds of hours on school buses a year and several states are rolling with the idea of making that time more productive by outfitting their new school busses with wireless internet. Those buses park at a central location after hours so students and staff could access the internet outside of school.

The wifi could be password protected and would have the same restrictions as computers at school. And some experts say that wifi on buses means fewer discipline problems, less teasing, texting and shouting so drivers could focus on getting students where they need to go safely.

So, what do you think? Is the rolling study hall the next big thing? Head on over to to vote.


2 comments on “The NBT: Rolling Study Halls

  1. Sayrah

    Yes I think that will be awsome and more kids would be quit cause the bus driver needs to consinstraight so like on a snow day they can get us home safely or on a thunder stor,foggy,or rainy day


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