Mobile education safety provider Kajeet has announced its latest product, the Kajeet Sentinel, which will allow educators to see how other Kajeet technology is being used outside the classroom.
Kajeet produces technology that allows students to safely connect to the internet, via Sprint or Verizon networks, from any location.
The Kajeet Sentinel’s dashboard will give school faculty a customizable one-page summary of how students are using portable WiFi hotspots like the SmartSpot and SmartBus. They can check when devices are being used by day and by hour, the percentage of devices that are active or dormant, the top 20 educational domains that students are accessing from home, and the top 20 denied and blocked domains.
The Sentinel will come standard for all school districts with Kajeet Education Broadband.
Kajeet CEO and founder Daniel Neal said:
Our customers’ time is valuable– which is why we have created these dashboards. Having such tools allows high-level visibility into how students are using their Education Broadband data. Our customers are working hard to close the Homework Gap. Since 2014, students using Kajeet SmartSpots and SmartBus have spent more than 1.4 million homework hours online, time that would otherwise have been spent on non-homework activities. Districts are giving students a tool to achieve their goals and reach success. We want our customers to be able to see that achievement and return on investment every day. With our new dashboard, they can.
This “Homework Gap” is the result of teachers, increasingly reliant on technology, assigning digital homework that low-income students often don’t have the chance to complete. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 7 in 10 teachers assign homework that would require students to access the internet from home, but 30% of students are without broadband access.
Kajeet aims to close this gap by providing school districts with the technology to help students access the internet from home.
According to Rick Barret of the Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin schools have embraced the Kajeet technology, with only California and Texas using more. Green Bay’s public schools now have 350 hotspots, and on one day this April, 220 of them were in use at once. Currently, 170 districts in 33 states are making use of Kajeet technology.
At Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, students can check out a hotspot and a laptop just like a library book. The school district sets certain limits on what sites can be accessed — for example, banning Netflix — and how much data can be used. In this case, transfer is capped at 500 megabytes per day.
Other districts like Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida have Kajeet hotspots on buses that can be used by students on the way to sports games and other activities. According to Dian Schaffhauser of THE Journal, the service reaches almost 60,000 students.
Kajeet’s 4G access points are available for Title I funding, reports David Nagel of THE Journal. A guide to Title I funding, entitled “Rethinking Equity in a Digital Era: Forging a Strong Partnership Between District Title I and Technology Leaders,” was created through a partnership with the Consortium for School Networking and the National Title I Association, and is available for download from the Kajeet website.