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Liberty County School District Extends the Classroom with More than Just Internet
MCLEAN, Virginia—Oct. 4, 2016—Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity outside of school, announced its most recent partnership with Georgia’s Liberty County School System to outfit its school bus fleet with educational Wi-Fi to extend the school day. Liberty County is the first school district in Georgia to provide students free Internet access through high-tech mobile Wi-Fi units.
Liberty County will create 24 “Homework Zones” around the county by parking their Kajeet Wi-Fi-enabled school buses in areas including apartment complexes and fire and police departments from 2:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. These “Homework Zones” will allow low-income students to access educational and safe, school-district approved websites so they can continue their studies outside the classroom.
When Liberty County launched its 1-to-1 iPad initiative, the Liberty Learning Experience, in the 2014-2015 school year, students began relying more on digital textbooks and applications, and the district determined approximately 60 percent of students did not have access to the Internet.
“The more technology we integrated into the curriculum, the greater the need for connectivity at home,” said John Lyles, director of transportation for Liberty County School District. “We want to ensure no student is left behind because he or she doesn’t have the tools for success.”
To determine what parts of the county would benefit most from Wi-Fi outfitted school buses, the Liberty County team analyzed its bus routes along with where the largest concentration of their low-income families reside. Where the buses are parked can vary, according to Lyles.
“Liberty County is the first district in Georgia to outfit its entire bus fleet with Wi-Fi and park the buses in areas to help its students complete their homework, and ultimately succeed,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “This is a creative solution to a very real problem in the community. At Kajeet, we are particularly gratified to be working with and supporting the Real Action Heroes in Liberty County who are out working daily in our schools and actually closing the Homework Gap.”
With Kajeet SmartBus™, districts can purchase data in bulk from their choice of the two leading 4G LTE wireless broadband networks in the nation. The district’s pool of Education Broadband data l is available for use across all buses, does not expire, and rolls forward each month. If needed, additional data can be purchased at any time.
Currently partnering with hundreds of schools and districts in 40 states and the District of Columbia, Kajeet is keeping students connected with Kajeet Education Broadband. The Kajeet SmartBus solution includes a Cradlepoint® IBR1100 cellular router and a portal to the Kajeet managed cloud platform, on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. This ensures that students have a level playing field for academic success. Also included with the Kajeet solution is the cellular router, ruggedized antenna, as well as the CIPA-compliant filtering and management, time-of-day controls, URL allow/deny controls, and access to a wide-range of reports and data analytics. Providing students with home broadband for educational purposes with the Kajeet SmartBus solution begins at $9.99 per GB.
When we started Kajeet in 2003, we wanted kids to be agile with technology, to be empowered and safe, and we wanted to help them respond with confidence to what's happening in their world. Not incidentally, we want parents, educators and guardians to be involved too. Being part of the mobile world is not just fun, it’s a shared responsibility.