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Education Broadband: Enough to Go Around?

by Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D.


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Kajeet: Overcoming the K–12 Digital Divide with Education Broadband

Serving as a classroom teacher, school administrator and chief technology officer over the course of 14 years, I’ve seen the emergence of classroom instruction combined with self-directed online study. Blended learning, as it is called, is gaining in popularity.

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An Option for Closing the “Digital Divide”?

Unfortunately, while the promise is there, not all students have equal access to the high speed broadband required to enable them to take advantage of online learning. When online assignments are no longer an option, but a requirement, that creates a “digital divide,” notes this author. Could education broadband, provided through companies like Kajeet, help to close the divide between students with and without convenient, economical access to online courses and information?

It may. Kajeet’s Education Broadband offers the potential for school systems to deliver 4G LTE broadband, cost-effectively, to students in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, which helps to ease potential privacy concerns. For school systems in remote and rural areas, it may be a way to help close that divide and ensure ease of access for all.