Based on the results of our Clarity technology survey from last year, 94% of our students have access to a computer or tablet device, and 97% have access to the Internet.
With the increasing use of digital curriculum resources and use of software for completion of homework, the Parkland School District wants to ensure ALL students have access to the resources they need to be successful in the completion of their coursework.
To address this digital equity problem, Parkland has several initiatives in place to help provide students and parents with reliable Internet access and devices that work well with our digital curriculum resources and software programs:
All Parkland media centers are now equipped with mobile wi-fi devices called Kajeets (http://www.kajeet.net) that students may check out from the media center using their student ID. Below are the guidelines for checkout:
- For school work only
- Filtered, must adhere to AUP
- One week checkout, can be renewed if no one is waiting
- Daily limit of 500 MB
- Can connect up to 10 devices
- For use by student who checked it out (no sharing w/other students)
The High School library has 10 Kajeet devices, each middle school has 5 devices, and each elementary school has 1 device. In addition to checking out the Kajeet, students may also check out a Chromebook. Each media center is now stocked with a comparable number of Chromebooks so the two can be bundled and checked out together.
In addition, the Parkland Community Library (http://www.parklandlibrary.org/) was recently renovated and has an updated Technology Center that houses computers with Internet access for public use. Directions to access their public wi-fi can be found here. The Parkland Community Library also has 5 Kajeet units donated by Parkland School District for checkout by Parkland students. The library is open Monday through Thursday (10 am to 9 pm; Friday (10 am to 5 pm); and Saturday (10 am to 5 pm, with summer hours until 2 pm). Additional information about the library hours can be found here.
We have also partnered with an organization called Everyoneon.org (http://www.everyoneon.org) that provides low cost Internet access to families that qualify. The criteria for qualification can be found on the web site by entering a zip code to find local participating telecom companies that support this initiative.
Additional Digital Equity Resources: