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Educators Rescue More Than 1 Million Homework Gap Hours to Ensure Student Connectivity, Time-on-Task
MCLEAN, Virginia—Jan. 11, 2016—Kajeet, the industry leader for safe mobile student Internet connectivity, launched its 2016 campaign to highlight the “real action heroes” in school districts working to close the Homework Gap for their students. As part of the campaign to celebrate educators and administrators, Kajeet created four Homework Gap Heroes to help champion the cause. Ed tech leaders throughout America are invited to take a short 10-question quiz to find out which action hero best fits their personality.
The Homework Gap refers to the number of school-age children who don’t have broadband access at home and cannot complete their school assignments. As more and more school districts implement digital and web-based learning programs requiring students to work on assignments outside the classroom, millions of low-income students are finding themselves caught in a widening digital divide. Roughly 7-in-10 teachers assign homework requiring broadband access at home; however one-third of those students lack home Internet access, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Across the country, school districts are launching 1-to-1 initiatives to extend the impact of mobile devices and implement innovative programs in their classrooms. At the same time, districts are finding ways to provide mobile Internet access for students that don’t have it once they leave school, even with limited funds and stretched budgets.
Educators and administrators are working to find solutions to connect kids in a multitude of ways within their community, including Kajeet Education Broadband™, which includes a portable intelligently-networked Wi-Fi hotspot combined with a filtered cloud portal, to managed Wi-Fi on school buses to community Wi-Fi kiosks and a Wi-Fi directory of local businesses providing free access
Since December 2014, students in more than 140 districts have spent more than 1 million hours completing homework outside the classroom using Kajeet Education Broadband.
“Those 1 million online hours at home are hours that would have been lost by not having Kajeet Education Broadband connectivity,” said Kajeet CEO and Founder Daniel Neal. “At Kajeet, we are particularly gratified to be working with and supporting the Real Action Heroes who are out working daily in our schools and actually closing the Homework Gap. These educators are making sure that those children, who are left behind as vital educational resources have been moved online, are pulled back into the fold of school and society.”
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.