Kajeet SmartSpot™ Connects Students to Digital Learning Beyond Classroom
MCLEAN, Virginia— Aug. 6, 2014 — Kajeet® (www.kajeet.com/education), the wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, announced today new partnerships with five school districts to provide safe and affordable mobile broadband connectivity to students. Currently partnering with 26 districts around the country, Kajeet is providing the solution to ensure disadvantaged students have a level playing field to improve academic achievement. As more schools integrate digital and web-based learning programs into the classroom, students without off-campus broadband are finding themselves part of a growing digital divide. To bridge this divide, schools issue Kajeet SmartSpot™ hotspot devices — compatible with any mobile device — which includes customizable filtered Internet access with insightful analytics to keep students focused on school work and provide educational connectivity.
Kajeet welcomes the following school districts to its valued client list:
Ashwaubenon School District in Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Kajeet SmartSpot will provide connectivity for student-issued Netbooks and Chromebooks in grades 9 through 12. As part of their mobile initiative program, those without Internet at home will be able to check out the Wi-Fi hotspots as needed.
Champaign Community Unit School District #4 in Champaign, Illinois
This large school district serves more than 9,600 students in grades pre-K through 12. The Kajeet SmartSpot will be available for kindergarten through 8th grade students with district-loaned Chromebooks.
Jones County School System in Gray, Georgia
This smaller district in Georgia, where 37 percent of students qualify for free or reduced cost meals, will issue the Kajeet SmartSpot devices via a check-out model for those high school students who do not have access to the Internet outside of school.
North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 in St. Paul, Minnesota
Serving more than 74,000 residents, District 622 plans to use the Kajeet SmartSpot with school-owned Chromebooks and iPads at the high school level starting in the fall.
Vista Unified School District in Vista, California
In this district, with approximately 25,000 students, almost 60 percent qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. This initial deployment of the Kajeet SmartSpot devices will go towards hospital and homebound students. The district will provide the Kajeet SmartSpot devices this fall to students in need with school-issued iPads.
One of the key benefits of the Kajeet SmartSpot solution is that it allows districts and schools to fully customize and filter the websites students can visit, as well as the times of day or night appropriate for student use. Teachers and administrators can manage access hours and filter out non-educational content, thereby keeping students on-task and controlling costs. As part of the Kajeet solution, teachers and administrators receive reports with learning analytics to help improve student achievement.
“On average, 30 percent of students do not have adequate Internet access when they leave school and in some areas, it is as high as 80 percent,” said Kajeet Founder and CEO Daniel Neal. “This is a social need that must be addressed. The Kajeet solution allows districts to easily and affordably connect students once they go home.”
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, is solving the digital divide in schools. Kajeet for Education provides portable Wi-Fi hotspots with school-managed intelligent mobile Internet connectivity. Giving teachers or administrators the ability to set access hours and filter out non-educational content, the Kajeet Sentinel® platform connects students to essential academic resources on the Internet anytime, anywhere. The Kajeet SmartSpot™ is compatible with all devices students use today and is 100 percent compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). For more information, please visit us at www.kajeet.com/education.