Kajeet Scores 10 Additional Patents for Innovation in Communication Device Management
Proprietary Technology Helps School Districts Administer Connectivity for Students
BETHESDA, Maryland—Feb. 20, 2014 —Kajeet® (www.kajeet.com/education), the wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, announced today that the U.S. Trade and Patent Office issued 10 additional new patents to the company covering management of a communications device. This proprietary technology — found in the Kajeet SmartSpot™ device — allows school districts to provide safe mobile broadband to students outside the classroom while regulating how and when the mobile device is used and who pays for the service. The similar technology is used in Kajeet’s cell phone management platform which allows parents to manage their kids’ cell phone activity.
The following 10 patents have been awarded to Kajeet in the last few months: U.S. Patent Numbers 8,588,735; 8,594,619; 8,600,348; 8,611,885; 8,630,612; 8,634,801; 8,634,802; 8,634,803; 8,639,216; 8,644,796.
Kajeet’s technology is keeping students connected to online educational resources after school hours in school districts around the country including: Detroit, Miami-Dade, Forsyth, Fairfax County, Green Bay, Tucson and Chicago. The Kajeet SmartSpot device offers an affordable and simple 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.
“As parents ourselves, Kajeet has been innovating for more than 10 years to make mobile technology safer for kids, and simple for those who love them to manage where, when and how they access the online world,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “In today’s world learning communities extend far beyond the classroom. We’re excited to make that a simple and safe environment for students around the country.”
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, is solving the digital divide in schools. Kajeet for Education provides portable Wi-Fi hotspots with school-managed off-campus Internet connectivity. Giving teachers or administrators the ability to set access hours and filter out non-educational content, the Kajeet Sentinel® platform connects students to essential academic resources on the Internet anytime, anywhere. The Kajeet SmartSpot™ is compatible with all devices students use today and is 100 percent compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). For more information, please visit us at www.kajeet.com/education.
ACT Kicks Off 2014 College and Career Readiness Campaign
IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT leaders will join North Dakota state officials, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, this afternoon at the state capitol building in Bismarck to honor a student, a high school, a community college and an employer for serving as leading examples of success in college and career readiness across the education and workforce continuum.
It’s the first of eight trips for ACT over the next five months, as its leaders travel to each partner state that is participating in the nonprofit organization’s second annual College and Career Readiness Campaign. From now until June, ACT will join state governors and superintendents to honor the achievements of students, schools and employers in their state that benefit their communities and succeed despite the challenges they face.
ACT’s partner states in this campaign are: Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
“The accomplishments of these award winners are both humbling and enlightening,” said Jon Whitmore, chief executive officer at ACT. “These are the students who overcame odds, the educators who helped them succeed, and the companies that improved the lives of their employees. ACT is proud to work with our partnering states to recognize the accomplishments of these exemplary individuals.”
State leaders nominate award recipients in four categories:
- Student Readiness Award and scholarship (awarded to a student)
- College and Career Transition Award (awarded to a high school)
- Career Preparedness Award (awarded to a community college)
- Workplace Success Award (awarded to an employer)
ACT will review all state nominees and select four national semifinalists, one in each category, in March. A national selection committee comprised of education and workforce development leaders will then select one honoree per category for national recognition. National award recipients will be recognized at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.
“The people, schools and employers we celebrate are models to follow not only in their state, but across the country,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president. “By sharing their stories and celebrating what they’ve accomplished, we hope to inspire more people to become involved in efforts to improve the college and career prospects for students and workers everywhere.”
To learn more about ACT’s expanding College and Career Readiness Campaign, visit ACT’s website. As ACT travels to state events, check its Twitter feed (@ACT) to read about award winners and their accomplishments.
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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that help people succeed from kindergarten through career, providing insights that unlock potential. To learn more about ACT, go to www.act.org.