March 3, 2014
Much of the Northeast and Midwest face school delays and closures again. School administrators, teachers and parents continued to be concerned about the number of days students are missing due to weather. While students love the days off, the cancellations mean headaches for everyone else. Snow days cost time and money and leave many students behind.
Districts are looking at ways to cram in as much instructional time as possible, including, in some places, decreasing recess to keep the pace moving so additional days aren’t added onto the calendar. Many teachers may try to prepare ahead of time, by sending home assignments with students before the snow hits.
The Virtual School Day
A recent CNN article pointed to a few school districts that are using school-provided laptops to extend the learning when staff and students are stuck at home. Pascack Valley Regional District in New Jersey was one of the districts giving the “virtual school day” a try this winter.
The results? The work was completed. Students and teachers communicated. Attendance was higher than a normal school day.
Internet Access for All Students
Even when student are provided laptops or tablets, many don’t have access to broadband at home. In fact, approximately 40 percent of students do not have the Internet connection they need at home to support a virtual school day. Unless a school is certain 100 percent of its students have access, it would be unfair to give assignments to only those who did.
While not all schools are ready to implement a 1:1 technology, the fact is, more will be heading that direction as new assessments are required. Snow days might be easier for school districts to digest if students are able to keep up with work at home. With school-issued laptops and tablets for students, comes the need for making safe broadband available at home.
For many parents who are not able to take off from work and stay home with their snowed-in kids, a great deal of peace of mind can be found in the idea that school work is continuing at home. The Kajeet SmartSpot device is a portable hotspot that provides safe mobile broadband for those students who don’t have Internet at home. Currently used by 15 school districts around the country, Kajeet is helping to make any day, including snow days, a opportunity for learning.
If your school district would like more information on providing safe mobile broadband to students, please contact Kajeet for more information.
January 17, 2014
Join Kajeet at the CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) Annual Conference on March 19-22, 2014, in Washington, DC. While attending this premier professional event for ed tech leaders, take this opportunity to meet with the Kajeet team and learn how to bridge the digital divide in your community.
Get your on-site demonstration of our Kajeet SmartSpot™ at the conference with our solution that keeps all students connected once they leave the classroom.
Meet up with a Kajeet executive one-on-one to discuss the various ways we can bridge your digital divide. Email us for an appointment. We hope to see you there.
December 11, 2013
Did you make someone’s holiday extra happy this year with a new smartphone or cell phone from Kajeet? If so, the first thing you need to do is activate it. Activating or replacing your Kajeet phone can be done entirely online, whether you purchased a phone from our website or will be bringing your own device. To help, we’ve provided the answers to some commonly asked questions below. And if there’s something we haven’t covered, you may always contact our Customer Care team via phone at 1-866-452-5338 or via Live Help on our website!
What is “activation?”
Prior to use, each Kajeet account needs to be set up with parent (or guardian) information and assigned a phone number. Once you activate your phone, you will automatically be enrolled in the rate plan you chose when the phone was purchased. If you are bringing your own eligible device (learn more about this program here), you will be prompted to select a rate plan at this time.
I am a new Kajeet customer activating a phone to get a new phone number. What do I do?
Click here to get started. Be sure to have the phone you are activating with you (whether it was purchased from our website or you are activating a used, inactive Sprint® device), as you will need information found on the handset for the first step.
I am an existing Kajeet customer adding another phone to my account. What do I do?
Adding an additional phone to your account is easy!
- Log into Kajeet here.
- Go to your Account Summary page. Select “Activate a Device” as shown below.
- You will then be asked to enter the ESN or MEID of the additional phone you are activating (please have this phone available).
If you purchased a new device from Kajeet, or are bringing your own device, follow these steps to switch your current service to a new/different phone (for an existing Kajeet user):
- Log into Kajeet here.
- Go to your Account Summary page. Select the “Replace a Device” icon as shown below.
- You will be asked to select the phone you would like to replace/upgrade (in the event you have multiple phones on your account) and for the ESN or MEID of your phone (be sure to have your new phone handy during this process!).
You will need to contact Kajeet Customer Care if you are porting (moving) a number from another cell phone service provider to Kajeet. Have a copy of your bill and/or account login information with you when you contact Kajeet Customer Care. While we are working to make this process as fast as possible, it can take up to 3-4 days to port a number (we are dependent upon other telecommunications companies).
How can I reach Kajeet Customer Care and what are the holiday Kajeet Care hours?
Our Customer Care team is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET and on Saturday from 9:00 am ET to 6:00 pm ET. Our Care team may be reached via phone at 1-866-452-5338, via Live Help on our website or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kajeet Customer Care is closed on Christmas Day to give our hardworking Care personnel the day off to spend with their families.
Our Holiday Care hours are as follows:
- Wednesday, December 11 – Saturday, December 14: 9:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET
- Monday, December 16 – Saturday, December 21: 9:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET
- Monday, December 23: 9:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET
- Tuesday, December 24: 9:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET
- Wednesday, December 25: Closed
- Thursday, December 26 – Friday December 27: 9:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET
- Saturday, December 28: 9:00 at ET to 1:00 am ET
Customer Care is already busy and we do expect them to continue to be busy after the holidays. Avoid the wait and activate online (and remember, you can always reach our friendly Care representatives via online Live Help)!
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November 25, 2013
Did you know that Kajeet provides not one, but two easy (and free!) ways to manage your kid’s text messaging?
- If you want to designate specific phone numbers your kid can (and cannot) communicate with, use Contact Manager.
- If you want to disable text messaging entirely, this option is available in Feature Manager.
Whichever way you prefer, you can always make changes to your account settings as desired. Log in today and check it out!
November 12, 2013
Start shopping for a smartphone or cell phone for your kid today and take advantage of FREE USPS Priority shipping, now through 12/25/13. Pick from the popular Samsung Galaxy S IV, the ZTE Fury, the Kyocera Echo and others, then just select the free shipping option during checkout. Shop early, save now!
November 6, 2013
You asked and we listened – and are excited to announce a selection of special, limited time service plans, all of which include data!
Our new plans go perfectly with today’s most popular Android™ smartphones — and all come with free, unlimited parental controls!
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
November 6, 2013
Use our new Live Help feature!
Now it’s even easier than ever before to reach a friendly Customer Care representative online. Simply look for the green icon on the left side of the website and a helpful agent will be available to answer your questions. And best of all, Live Help is available during the holiday season seven days a week, from 7:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET. Click to get started today!