Introducing Rolling Study Halls


[BIRDS CHIRPING] [ALARM BEEP] KAELYN: What I love
about living here in Lenoir, North Carolina,
a very small town, is being able to walk
over to someone’s house and ask to borrow your sugar
or drive down the street and see cows and animals. And they’re just
everywhere around here. But there’s some drawbacks,
I guess, you could say here. My bus ride is an hour long. And so with helping
out around the house, and homework, and school,
it’s very hard sometimes. MATTHEW ROSS: This is
Gamewell Middle School. We are located in the
foothills of North Carolina. So this is a rural area. We have a significant
portion of our students who do not have access
to Wi-Fi or technology outside of school. And so there’s always this
worry that our students that don’t have those resources
that they will be behind. BENJAMIN WILLIS: With
Rolling Study Halls, Google provides Wi-Fi
access on the school buses here at Gamewell Middle,
along with devices and on-board educators
for kids that may not have access at home. MATTHEW ROSS: A
lot of our students have commutes that are
two or three hours long. With the Rolling Study Halls,
that’s two to three hours a day that they have a
chance to solidify what they’re being taught and
what they’re learning in class. KAELYN: Now that I
have Wi-Fi on the bus, I’m able to get most of my
homework done before I even step foot in the door. MATTHEW ROSS: The use
of technology on buses gives an opportunity for all
of our students to keep up. And so what we see are
consistencies in learning consistencies and growth. When students experience
that amount of success, it completely changes the
way they view themselves. KAELYN: Having Wi-Fi on
the bus has helped a lot and has improved my grades. I went from making a C
in my high school class to an A. What I want
be when I grow up is a lawyer,
because I realized I like the idea of being
able to help people. I know being a lawyer will
take lots of work and lots of responsibility, but I
know if I put my mind to it, I can do it. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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