Vandy Professor Uses Technology To Help Students On Long Bus Rides

Nashville (AP) -- A Vanderbilt University professor is helping rural students with long commutes to school by turning their buses into mobile classrooms.

Billy Hudson, a professor of medicine and biochemistry, grew up in rural Arkansas where some children are still so isolated that the bus ride to school lasts 90 minutes.

To take advantage of that time, Hudson has equipped a school bus with a wireless router that will let children use the internet while they ride.

As part of the three-year pilot study, last week a select group of students received laptops they can use to download special math and science lessons designed by Vanderbilt professors.

Other students received video iPods they can use to view lessons designed by their teachers.

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