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Education Broadband Leader Will Award School Districts with Wi-Fi Hotspots or Filtered School Bus Wi-Fi to Help Close the Homework Gap
MCLEAN, Virginia—July 11, 2017—Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, announces its latest initiative to support school districts prioritizing student Internet access outside the classroom. To help schools or districts pilot a connectivity program to close the Homework Gap, Kajeet will award three (3) schools or districts with its Kajeet Education Broadband™ solution, including Kajeet SmartSpot® (Wi-Fi hotspots) devices with a school year’s worth of Education Broadband™ service or filtered Wi-Fi on the school bus with the Kajeet SmartBus™ solution, as part of its new Homework Gap Grant.
On average, one-third of U.S. students do not have adequate Internet access when they leave school. Ultimately, this disadvantaged position—called the Homework Gap— jeopardizes student performance, grades, and graduation rates. As teachers increasingly rely on technology and Internet resources to achieve success in the classroom, the need for all students to have Internet access outside the classroom becomes paramount.
Partnering with multiple robust nationwide 4G LTE networks in more than 370 schools, districts and libraries across 41 states and the District of Columbia, Kajeet promotes student success by providing more than just Internet outside the classroom. The Kajeet Education Broadband solution connects students at home, on the go, or on the school bus with CIPA-compliant filters while providing administrators the analytics and reporting tools they need to gain insight into student usage.
Any U.S. public or charter school or school district may apply for the grant. Applications are due by Aug. 11, 2017. The selected schools or districts selected will be notified by Aug. 31 and will receive one of the following:
10 Kajeet SmartSpot devices (Wi-Fi hotspots on one of two nationwide 4G LTE networks) with 10 months of Kajeet Managed Education Broadband at 500MB per day OR
One (1) Kajeet SmartBus solution (including a Cradlepoint® IBR1100 cellular router) with 10 months of service at 5GB per month.
As part of the grant, awardees will receive filtered Internet and access to the Sentinel® cloud portal to manage devices and receive data utilization reports. Kajeet will work with the school districts through the launch process, helping set success metrics, and collecting and analyzing data from those students benefiting from Education Broadband.
“This grant provides an opportunity for school districts to improve their 1:1 programs by ensuring every student can access their necessary educational resources with their take-home devices. School is moving online, and if students are not online, they miss out on essential information,” said Kajeet CEO and Founder Daniel Neal. “The Homework Gap Grant is more than just free Internet. We know it’s important for districts to pilot a program before fully rolling it out, and we want to show educators and the community the impact broadband outside the classroom can have on a student’s education, and overall success.”
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.