The Stevens Point School District has found a new way to provide students internet access at home. For the past five years, the district has issued laptops to students in grades 9 through 12. However, the district has continued to deal with concerns about the nearly 10% of students in the district that do not have access to the internet at home.
This school year, the district is rolling out a new program where students who meet low income requirements and don't currently have internet at home can get a wireless hotspot unit called a Kajeet from the district. The Stevens Point School District has purchased 200 Kajeet units, which were funded through the Sentry Insurance Technology Initiative.
District Technology Director Brian Casey says expanding internet access is expected to have a positive effect on student learning.
"We know from a survey of students that we have a fair number of students that don't have internet access at home for whatever reason, and also that's been a problem for some of our teachers who have said a particular individual in their class can't get to the internet. Then, its hard to ask those students to do digital content. So, now we are evening the playing field for every student in the district." Casey says.
Families with students enrolled in the district can fill out an application for the Kajeet units through September 4th.
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.