November 28, 2007
School Web Lockers Gives K-12 Educators Instant Access to the Latest Trend in Collaboration With the Introduction of Teacher Blogs
School Web Lockers today introduced a new blogging feature that allows K-12 educators to create blogs in minutes, turning simple text into a dynamic online forum for posting important news on projects, assignments and tests. As a leader in cost-effective, web-based computing solutions for K-12 schools and school districts, School Web Lockers unveiled the blogging capability as part of the new 2.0 release of its flagship collaboration and storage system.
Blogs are digital communities that represent the latest trend in web-based collaboration, with more than 100 million estimated to be in use today. As a K-12 collaboration tool, they can provide teachers with a powerful new way to reach out to students and parents alike with essential classroom news.
Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) in Southern California is an early user of the new School Web Lockers blogging capability. According to Rod Warren, an RUSD literature teacher, blogs serve as an excellent resource. "I think this new capability will prove its value right away. All the information that students need to succeed will be right there on my blog, with the date and time of the posting also clearly indicated," said Warren.
The easy-to-create blogs can also serve as a teacher's webpage, eliminating the need for educators to learn new web design skills or spend countless hours building their own web sites. Since the blogs are integrated with each school's own School Web Lockers portal, they also add a measure of convenience, as students don't have to leave the School Web Lockers site to access them. Registered students are granted exclusive rights to post comments and questions on teacher blogs, while parents, guardians and others interested in blog content are given access-only rights.
School Web Lockers platforms are already in use at hundreds of schools and school districts across the U.S. Their primary function is to serve as a paperless homework system, in which students and teachers can store and share school-related files to extend their productivity outside of the classroom and beyond the confines of the school day. Remote access is easy, and the secure, password-protected system is completely hosted within the School Web Lockers' co-location center, which means schools not only reduce their investment in technology infrastructure, but they also eliminate software maintenance and administration costs.
"This new release of our software demonstrates our commitment to enhancing student and teacher collaboration," said Darryl Vidal, vice president of Networld Solutions, parent company of School Web Lockers. "We work off of customer feedback and suggestions to offer an affordable and useful tool to aid educators and students alike."
Now available, teacher blogs are built into each 2.0 release of the School Web Lockers platform at no additional charge. Existing customers can add the blogging capability at no cost: upgrades will be performed via a phased program that will be completed by September 2008. For more information, visit www.schoolweblockers.com, or call 1-866-499-6527.
About School Web Lockers
School Web Lockers is a leading provider of cost-effective, web-based tools for collaboration, distance learning, one-to-one computing and online storage. Formed in 2004 as a division of San Diego-based Networld Solutions, Inc., School Web Lockers today serves hundreds of K-12 schools and school districts across the U.S. with secure, easy-to-use computing solutions for students, teachers and administrators. For more information, visit www.schoolweblockers.com
Contact: Kelly Agrelius School Web Lockers 858-874-0464 Email Contact Paula Johns Paula Johns Communications 760-487-1799 Email Contact
SOURCE: School Web Lockers