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Texas School Districts Plan Return From Summer Break With New Digital Lockers From School Web Lockers

June 26, 2008

National Educational Computing Conference, San Antonio — Booth#0869 — Three Texas school districts are among the first in the state to take part in a growing nationwide trend toward the use of cost-effective, web-based storage “lockers.” London Independent School District, in Corpus Christi, and Beckville Independent School District, located 25 miles southeast of Longview, will both greet students returning from summer break with the new technology from School Web Lockers, a leading provider of cost-effective, K-12 computing solutions for online file sharing, collaboration and storage. In addition, Lytle Independent School District, located 25 miles southwest of San Antonio, adopted the technology earlier this year.

School Web Lockers will be displaying its K-12 technology offerings at the National Educational Computing Conference, June 30 through July 2, in San Antonio, booth#0869.

After discovering School Web Lockers at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin, Donelle Harris, junior high technology facilitator for the Lytle district, realized she had found a solution to the file sharing challenges facing Lytle’s four schools.

“Our students and teachers have had a difficult time transferring homework files between school and home,” Harris said. “Now, they have a way to access all of their files — from any computer, at any time. School Web Lockers makes it easy.”

Offering unlimited data storage capacity for as little as $1 per student, the School Web Lockers service consists of a secure, password-protected web site that schools can leverage for file sharing and storage. Each student and staff member will have their own digital locker that comes with a user name and password.

They can use the lockers to upload homework assignments and projects, send and receive assignments, view graded work, and communicate with teachers and classmates outside of the classroom. For added collaboration, School Web Lockers also provides teacher blogs and message boards (for school-wide or even district-wide online discussions).

Use of the system is easy: users can create work on one computer, and then stash files in their web locker for completion later — either on the same computer, or on another one at home or elsewhere.

“Students and teachers will find that file sharing with School Web Lockers is not only more convenient, but it is also safer and more secure than using portable devices such as USB drives or compact disks, which can threaten the security of district networks,” said Kelly Agrelius, manager of sales and marketing for School Web Lockers. “Another advantage is that students access their data on a separate domain from the school network, which also addresses further security concerns.”

All School Web Lockers files are backed up daily and preserved from year-to-year to allow students to easily create a portfolio of work. The service also offers built-in security and safety measures, such as blocked file types, parental sign-in, and the ability for teachers and school administrators to monitor what students are storing.

The School Web Lockers system is completely hosted within a co-location center, which means schools not only reduce their investment in technology infrastructure, but they also eliminate software maintenance and administration costs.

Priced to deliver data storage cost savings to schools and school districts across the U.S., School Web Lockers is a fraction of the cost of the storage area networks (SANs) and other systems that most schools and school districts require. With many SANs priced as high as $50,000 or more today, more schools are turning to web-based storage as a cost-effective alternative, particularly when the costs of hiring a salaried employee to manage and maintain the SAN are also considered.

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 or call 1-866-499-6527.

 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




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