SOURCE: School Web Lockers

School Web Lockers

August 17, 2010 10:00 ET

E-Portfolios Take Center Stage as K-12 Students and Teachers Return to the Classroom

School Web Lockers Leads the E-Portfolio Trend With New Features Available in Web-Based File Sharing and Storage Platform

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2010) -  E-Portfolios are fast emerging as the new technology trend to watch for the 2010-2011 K-12 school year, and School Web Lockers is leading the drive with new digital portfolio capabilities that give students and teachers an easy and convenient way to maintain a library of their best and most important work through the years.

Now available as a standard feature in the School Web Lockers Web-based file sharing and storage platform, the new E-Portfolios allow students to build a portfolio of projects that can travel with them year to year as they move up through elementary and middle school, and into high school.

"School Web Lockers' E-Portfolio will help our students track their best work through the years, giving them, as well as teachers and administrators, an easy and convenient way to view their progress and success. We're looking forward to making use of it in the coming school year," says Jeff Peterson, campus instructional technology specialist for Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, based in Rosenberg, TX. 

E-Portfolios offer an easy online way for students to store the 'cream of the crop' of their projects in a single, centralized location, according to Kelly Smith, manager of sales and marketing for School Web Lockers. "Students are already saving and storing everyday class files in the School Web Lockers system. Now they have a special digital portfolio that's conveniently located within that system, with the capability to access and share favorite projects and review their progress through the years."

School Web Lockers' E-Portfolios are also accessible to teachers and administrators, who can make use of a comments section to offer insight on individual files or even the portfolio as a whole. As students approach their college years, they can use the E-Portfolios to reflect on a document posted three years earlier to see how their writing style has progressed.

E-Portfolios Provide Stepping-Stone to College, Future Opportunities
According to Smith, the E-Portfolios will soon also provide a stepping-stone toward facilitating college applications processes.

"Eventually our plan is to set up the software so that users can share a link to their E-Portfolio," she says. "Although it will be password-protected, it will be designed for use with college admissions, scholarship programs, and even potential employers."

The new E-Portfolio feature is just one of several enhancements that School Web Lockers has made recently to its Web-based file sharing and storage platform in preparation for the new school year. In June, the company added an entirely new, more user-friendly design along with new features for streamlining digital grading processes, organizing electronic files and uploading documents.

Offering easy 24/7 access to student and teacher data from any Internet location, School Web Lockers provides each user with a secure, password-protected Web locker, or digital drop box. Students and teachers can start work on one computer at school, and then stash it in their Web locker to finish at home or elsewhere. The software offers calendars; folders categorized by class; teacher blogging capabilities; message boards; and other features to keep instructors organized and to improve communication.

With a single click, teachers can distribute an assignment to an entire class, giving them a quick and paperless way to share documents. Many School Web Lockers customers have reported that they've saved thousands of reams of paper each year -- not to mention hours upon hours of time -- through use of the platform.

Affordable for today's K-12 budgets, School Web Lockers is priced at only $1 per user per year. 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. The company 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.

Contact Information

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    School Web Lockers
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    Paula Johns Communications
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