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More schools piloting secure mobile devices
Mobile tools, with district-controlled applications, are helping students hone 21st-century skills
A company that manufacturers secure personal cell phones for children is making a move to education, where it has introduced secure, internet-enabled mobile handheld devices for classroom use. School teachers or administrators can program the devices to allow (or disallow) calling or texting during certain times of the day, making them ideal for educational use, the company says.
Kajeet’s newest initiative, Kajeet for Education, aims to offer districts affordable access to mobile devices in an effort to expand students’ learning opportunities and develop their technology skills.
The initiative intends to support many mobile learning devices, including laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smart phones. Michael Flood, the company’s vice president for education markets, said Kajeet hopes to sell some of those devices directly to districts—most likely smart phones and tablets.
“There is recognition that we can leverage capabilities and technologies … by providing mobile learning devices for students with controls for schools,” said Flood, a former AT&T executive.
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The company’s move comes at a time when support for mobile devices is taking classrooms by storm.
Data from Project Tomorrow’s 2010 Speak Up Survey indicate that 67 percent of parents support their child using mobile devices in the classroom for school work, although 65 percent of school administrators in the same survey strongly objected to letting students use their own mobile devices in school.