After Apple released new classroom software for schoolgoers last month, Google has launched “Rolling Study Halls” to help students from rural communities access Wi-Fi and Chromebooks on buses. Also Read - iPhone 13 to come with faster charging as compared to iPhone 12
Google said that the programme is now being expanded to 16 additional school districts in the US. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can play
“After initial pilots in North Carolina and South Carolina, early results indicate promising gains in reading and math proficiency and increased digital fluency. So we are expanding Rolling Study Halls to reach thousands more students across 16 more school districts, focused on rural communities,” the company said in a blog post on Monday. Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of cost
Participating school districts would receive mobile Wi-Fi routers, data plans and devices to help transform their buses into mobile learning spaces.
Along with access to technology, students would also have access to an onboard educator who would provide help with assignments and engaging digital activities.
Google said it was also working with local officials to determine how “Rolling Study Halls” could help provide connectivity for community members beyond the school.
Apple last month unveiled a new 9.7-inch iPad for schools, some classroom software and a creative curriculum called “Everyone Can Create”.
It also released a new free “Schoolwork” app that would let teachers distribute handouts, make assignments, assign specific activities within apps, check on students’ progress.
In US schools, 60 per cent laptops and computers use Google software, followed by Apple’s iOS at 12.3 per cent and MacOS at 4.7 per cent, media reports said.