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School Web Lockers

March 24, 2010 11:11 ET

Del Mar Union School District Now Using Innovative School Web Lockers Technology

Top-Performing Del Mar Schools Reduce IT Costs While Gaining Safe, Secure Web Storage for Students and Teachers

DEL MAR, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2010) -  From iMovie projects, to podcasts and 3D document cameras, the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) advances 21st century learning skills across its eight elementary schools through use of all the latest technology tools. When this top-performing school district recently needed to solve its file sharing and data storage challenges, DMUSD once again turned to innovation, choosing School Web Lockers (http://www.schoolweblockers.com/), a Web-based service offering students and teachers safe and convenient access to digital projects from any Internet location.

"All the podcasting and movie-making is great, but if students and teachers don't have an easy way to access and share their work beyond the school day, our technology investments lose some of their value," says Michael Casey, director of technology for DMUSD.

Combining online storage, backup, collaboration and file sharing in a single system, School Web Lockers allows students to create work on one computer, and then stash files in their personal, password-protected Web locker for completion later -- either on the same computer, or on another one at home or elsewhere.

Until recently, accessing digital projects from home was not possible for DMUSD students due to security constraints built into the existing computer servers. At the same time, as Casey considered replacing these aging servers at a cost of nearly $32,000 under the district's distributed computing model, he came across School Web Lockers, which represented a significantly more cost-effective alternative.

Projected to deliver an annual cost savings of $5,000 to DMUSD, School Web Lockers is not only priced affordably, at $1.00 per student per year, but it also offers unlimited data storage, giving students the ability to maintain a vast online portfolio of video projects, presentations and everyday assignments. All of this data is stored off site, in a secure data center that is managed and monitored by School Web Lockers, requiring no maintenance or upkeep on the district's part.

Although a number of free Web-based storage services are beginning to emerge, Casey selected School Web Lockers because of its exclusive focus on K-12 education, and its highly secure approach to maintaining student and teacher personal data.

"The fly-by-night free services can potentially harvest and sell your information," Casey says. "We don't know how safe they are. With School Web Lockers, you get a secure, password-protected Web site that is free of ads and other distractions. It was our top priority to protect our students, and that's another reason why School Web Lockers was an easy choice."

Web lockers also pave the way toward a greener environment. When teachers upload documents and post them directly into student Web lockers, there is no paper involved in the exchange. A teacher can simply upload one document and post it in all student lockers instead of making multiple handout copies. In turn, students can complete an assignment on the computer and upload the document into the "homework due" folder, from which it is then sent directly to the teacher as an electronic file. A completely paperless homework system, School Web Lockers works with any type of computer platform, including Apple.

About School Web Lockers
School Web Lockers 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. School Web Lockers file sharing and storage services have been designated as Priority One E-Rate eligible. For more information, visit www.schoolweblockers.com or call 1-866-499-6527.

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