Homework Gap Grant

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The Homework Gap Grant is now closed. Thank you to all those that submitted applications. We are currently reviewing entries and will notify winners by August 31, 2017.

The use of online tools, collateral, and multimedia has become commonplace in every type curriculum and across every grade level. Educators are quickly incorporating digital learning into classroom pedagogy because they understand the power these resources bring to the learning experience.

Today’s students are technologically savvy and easily embrace digital learning. In fact, a recent study shows that more than seventy percent of students in grades K through 12 think every student should have access to a mobile device during the school day to embrace learning.1 Additionally, thirty percent of high school students use the Internet on a daily basis to complete their studies.2

As districts and schools continue to expand their digital learning, 1:1, and BYOD programs, it often creates an unintended digital divide or Homework Gap between those students with adequate, off campus, access to the Internet and those students who lack access.

Within every district, there are hundreds, or even thousands, of students who do not have Internet access once they leave the classroom. Nationwide, 5 million households with school-age children lack Internet access at home.3

Low-income students feel the impact of the Homework Gap far more than their more affluent classmates. On average, one-third of U.S. students do not have adequate Internet access when they leave school; in many urban districts, that number can reach as high as 80 percent. Ultimately, this disadvantaged position jeopardizes the student’s performance, grades, and even graduation rates.

Kajeet helps students succeed by providing more than just Internet outside of school. Our innovative solution provides safe, mobile broadband Internet to close the Homework Gap. As educators increase technology in the classroom for learning, Education Broadband™ keeps students connected either at home or on the bus with CIPA-compliant filters and provides administrators a reporting dashboard to gain insight into student usage.

Grant Details

We understand that many times it’s important for districts to pilot a program before rolling it out to an entire grade or district. Our goal is to provide more than just Internet to your students. Our team will help guide you through the launch process by helping set success metrics so when the program concludes your team has the numbers to justify the need. As a recipient of this grant your team will receive the following:

  • 10 Kajeet SmartSpot solution with 10 months of Kajeet Managed Education Broadband at 500MB per day OR
  • one (1) Kajeet SmartBus solution with 10 months of service at 5GB per month.

Both solutions include filtered Internet, access to the Sentinel® cloud portal, one Kajeet Health Check, and customer support.

Deadline *The Deadline has Passed*

All applications must be completed by Aug. 11, 2017. Winners will be notified by email and phone by Aug. 31.

Criteria

Winners will be selected based on the district or school’s current technology program (goals, expectations, and plans for expansion, parent/student involvement) and the determined need for connectivity. The winners must not be current Kajeet clients. The winners must illustrate plans for a comprehensive program with goals and metrics in place that will show success after 10 months. 

Applicants must identify the following: 

  • Describe your school or district's digital learning program(s). Please include the following: mission, significant milestones and key accomplishments, and overall goals. 
  • Describe the overall digital learning results your school or district hopes to achieve over the next three years.
  • Explain how the student population and parents will be involved in the digital learning efforts of your school or district, and/or how feedback will be collected and incorporated into the project design.
  • Describe the results your school or district hopes to achieve during the deployment period and how you will measure your success. 
  • Identify the school or district contact staff who will champion this program.
  • Describe how Internet access outside the classroom is integral to your school or district’s current (or future) digital learning program.
  • Describe your district’s greatest challenge in terms of connectivity outside the classroom.
  • Determine how many students are without Internet access at home, how those students are identified and plans for distributing devices to students. 

Only schools and districts, including charter and virtual, operating in the K-12 space are eligible.

1. Project Tomorrow Speak Up Survey 
2. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2015
3. Pew Research Center