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WiFi on wheels: Google helping students get online, on the go in Berkeley County

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) - At least for some rural schools children in South Carolina, tech giant Google is stepping in to help ensure they can get online to do their homework - and also make use of their often lengthy commutes.

On Monday, Google is unveiling more than 2 dozen school buses it's outfitted with WiFi for students in Berkeley County. Some students in the sprawling, rural district spend a total of two hours riding the bus to and from school each day.

Officials will gather at St. Stephen Middle School at 11:30 a.m.

A grant to the school district also provides for 1,700 Chromebooks, the Google laptops on which public school children do their class and homework as school books largely are replaced by online worksheets and articles.

Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP . Read more of her work at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/meg-kinnard/

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