Wireless service provider Kajeet® (www.kajeet.com/education), announced todayapartnership todeployKajeetSmartSpot™devicesto Green Bay Public Schools as part of its student Chromebook program. Kajeet’s school-managed Wi-Fi hotspots use the Sprint4G LTE network to keep students connected to educational resources on the Internet outside of the classroom. Student-teacher connectivity and digital learning has been a top priority for the district as Wisconsin begins administering Smarter Balanced Assessments for the 2014-2015 school year.
“We’re focused on developing technology-rich lessons as part of the district’s curriculum goal, but we feel supporting the students’ efforts at home is important in today’s competitive world,” said Diane Doersch, chief technology & information officer of Green Bay Public Schools. “Using digital learning, students can collaborate together on documents and communicate with their teachers in and out of the classroom. This gives teachers an opportunity to enhance their lessons and not hold back on assignments because some students may not have Internet access at home.”
As part of this pilot program, students in grades six through twelve will have the option to take home the Kajeet SmartSpot with their school-issued Google Chromebook or Netbook checked out on loan. The Kajeet SmartSpot device offers an option to bridge the digital divide providing disadvantaged students with broadband access to the Internet anytime or anywhere. The Kajeet Sentinel®platform allows schools to fully customize and filter the websites students can visit and the time of day or night appropriate for student use. Teachers and administrators can manage access hours and filter out non-educational content keeping students on-task and controlling costs. In addition, teachers and administrators can apply online information to improving student achievement with better learning analytics.
“The combination of a portable device such as a Chromebook and the Kajeet Smartspot reduces the IT burden on a school,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “With cloud-based content, and affordable mobile access, students can access content with more reliability and reduce IT management needs from school staff.”