Kajeet Provides Safe, Affordable Home Internet to Eight Additional School Districts
Kajeet Mobile Broadband Connects Students to Digital Learning Beyond the Classroom
Mclean, VA Sept. 9, 2014: Kajeet® (www.kajeet.com/education), the wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, announced today new partnerships with eight (8) school districts to provide safe and affordable mobile broadband connectivity to students in K-12. Currently partnering with 34 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 and tools into the classroom, students without off-campus broadband are finding themselves part of a growing digital divide. To bridge this divide, schools issue Kajeet SmartSpotT 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:
Affton School District-St. Louis, Missouri
This district of 2,500 students will partner with Kajeet this fall to provide the Kajeet SmartSpot to students without home Internet connectivity as Affton launches its 1-to-1 program using Dell Chromebooks.
Bloomington Public Schools District 271-Bloomington, Minnesota
This large district serves more than 10,000 students. Kajeet is participating in the district's "Next Technologies for Learning" program which provides a personalized curriculum as students prepare for college or a career. Students in grades 3 through 12 are provided a school-issued Chromebook and a Kajeet SmartSpot for mobile broadband.
Canby School District-Canby, Oregon
Serving 85-square-miles of both Canby and rural Clackamas County, the district plans to use the Kajeet SmartSpot with school-owned iPads and MacBooks at the middle school level starting in the fall.
Cincinnati Public Schools- Cincinnati, Ohio
In this district, with approximately 31,000 students, almost 60 percent qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. This initial deployment of the Kajeet SmartSpot devices will support its 1-to-1 Blended Learning program. The district is moving more instruction and content online to allow for more interactive and customized learning.
Griffin-Spalding County Schools-Spalding County, Georgia
This large district in Georgia, where more than 60 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-cost meals, will loan the Kajeet SmartSpot devices to students who need Internet connectivity for school assignments at home.
Lubbock Independent School District-Lubbock, Texas
The Kajeet SmartSpot devices will be provided to homebound or hospitalized students in this large Texas district who are continuing their lessons while away from the classroom.
Seminole County Schools-Seminole County, Florida
Students in grades 6-12 may enroll in the county's virtual school either part-time or full-time. Students may take classes at home or in a computer lab at their zoned school using an online curriculum taught by Seminole County teachers. The Kajeet SmartSpot will provide mobile broadband for enrolled students without home Internet access.
Waianae Public Schools-Hawaii Department of Education, Hawaii
Kajeet will be supporting Waianae elementary students where an emphasis has been put on offering a technology-rich environment with wireless Internet connectivity. Students will be provided the Kajeet SmartSpot device with their school-issued Microsoft Tablets.
"Sending students home from school with no Internet connectivity, significantly increases their chances of failure," said Kajeet CEO and Founder Daniel Neal. "On average, 30 percent of America's K-12 students do not have adequate Internet access when they leave school and in some areas, it's as high as 80 percent. Access to technology is at the foundation of serving the educational needs of not only mainstream classrooms, but also those of students with learning or physical disabilities, home-school and virtual teaching, migratory programs, and a wide-range of types of students."
A key benefit of the Kajeet mobile broadband 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. This keeps students on-task and controls costs. As part of the Kajeet solution, teachers and administrators receive reports with learning analytics to help improve student achievement.
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, is bridging the digital divide in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides a safe, affordable, mobile broadband solution that connects disadvantaged students to the resources they need to complete required assignments and projects outside of school. The Kajeet SmartSpot solution, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot combined with the innovative SentinelR cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work and provides off-campus Internet connectivity without worry of data abuse. For more information, please visit us at kajeet.com/education.
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