District Supports Safe Mobile Instruction for Pre-Kindergarten Students
MCLEAN, VA — Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated solely to providing safe and affordable mobile connectivity for students, announced today a partnership to deploy its Kajeet SmartSpot solution for a pre-kindergarten summer school program in Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. Kajeet’s school-managed Wi-Fi hotspots use the Sprint 4G LTE network to keep students connected to educational resources on the Internet when they are at home or on the go this summer. The students participating in the program need extra preparation before they begin Kindergarten.
“We want to help these students work on early reading skills in an online, fun environment. Our hope is that this program will stop any sort of summer regression these students may experience, while also hopefully increasing their skill level,” said Chad Jones, director of Technology Development at Lamar CISD. “The Kajeet SmartSpot provides these younger children filtered Internet, for their safety, while giving our students and families the ability to travel over the summer while still preparing for the next school year.”
As part of this pilot program, students will be provided with a laptop and a Kajeet SmartSpot for safe mobile broadband at home or while on vacation during the summer. The Kajeet SmartSpot solution offers an affordable and simple option to bridge the digital divide providing disadvantaged students with broadband access to the Internet for educational purposes anytime or anywhere. In this Houston-area school district, approximately 50 percent of the students receive free or reduced-cost lunch.
“Children are expected to know so much before even starting kindergarten. Providing these students additional instruction gives them the right start and the confidence they need from the beginning,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “Developing safe and affordable technology for children has always been our passion, and we’re excited that the Lamar district is using our Kajeet SmartSpot solution for early education.”
The Kajeet SmartSpot solution allows schools to fully customize and filter the websites students can visit, as well as the time 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. In addition, teachers and administrators can apply online information to improve student achievement with better learning analytics.
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated solely to providing safe, mobile connectivity for students, is bridging the digital divide in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides a safe, affordable mobile broadband solution that connects economically disadvantaged students to the resources they need to complete required assignments and projects outside of school. The Kajeet SmartSpot®, a portable Mi-Fi hotspot, combined with the innovative Sentinel® cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work and without worry of data abuse. Kajeet products and services, which operates on both the Sprint and Verizon network, are protected by the following issued U.S. patents 8,929,857; 8,918,080; 8,774,755; 8,774,754; 8,755,768; 8,731,517; 8,725,109; 8,712,371; 8,706,079; 8,667,559; 8,644,796; 8,639,216; 8,634,803; 8,634,802; 8,634,801; 8,630,612; 8,611,885; 8,600,348; 8,594,619; 8,588,735; 8,285,249; 8,078,140; 7,945,238; 7,899,438; 7,881,697. Other patents are pending.
The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District encompasses more than 42 percent of Fort Bend County and is proud of its growth and educational opportunities. Lamar CISD—now with 38 campuses and more than 27,000 students—is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the Greater Houston area. Lamar CISD is ranked in the highest category by the Texas Education Agency, Met Standard and has earned 39 TEA Distinctions for academic excellence and progress. To learn more about Lamar CISD and its many programs, go online to www.lcisd.org.
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