SOURCE: School Web Lockers

November 17, 2008 08:30 ET

Rural K-12 Schools Turn to Affordable Web Lockers Technology to Bridge the Productivity Gap Between School and Home

Southern California's Ramona Unified School District Selects School Web Lockers to Solve Growing Storage and File Sharing Challenges

RAMONA, CA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Whether economic times are good or bad, most rural K-12 schools lack the funds and resources to build a state-of-the-art datacenter. Yet, even with the use of more complex video, graphics and data files on the rise, rural schools today have found a way to meet their growing data requirements by turning to cost-effective "web lockers" technology.

Ramona Unified School District (RUSD), located in the northeastern edge of San Diego County, exemplifies this trend. Serving the semi-rural community of Ramona with 10 schools and more than 7,000 students, RUSD recently chose School Web Lockers as an affordable alternative to high-powered solutions such as storage area networks (SANs). School Web Lockers, a leading provider of cost-effective web-based collaboration and storage products, offers RUSD the ability to safely and securely store unlimited amounts of data off site -- for as little as $1 per student.

For Keith Wright, RUSD's director of information and education services, School Web Lockers yields more than just cost savings and data security. "The decision to go with School Web Lockers was more about increasing the students' opportunities for success. It extends their day beyond the confines of the classroom, giving them access to their assignments and projects from any Internet location. This way they can avoid rushing through their work, and instead put more thought into projects while away from class," Wright said.

Located 36 miles northeast of San Diego, Ramona is made up of many ranches, farms and large properties. It also boasts a growing population of home-schooled students, who also benefit from the convenience of School Web Lockers. Teachers can pass on assignments to these students via the system's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, and receive completed work back from the students in the same way, with no driving to or from school required.

School Web Lockers provides each school or school district it serves with a secure, password-protected web site for file sharing and storage. Students, teachers and administrators alike are then given access to their own digital drop box, or web locker, which is available via password from the web site. Use of the system is easy: users can create work on one computer, and then stash files in their web locker for access later -- either on the same computer, or on another one at home or elsewhere.

According to Kelly Agrelius, manager of sales and marketing for School Web Lockers, districts such as RUSD are an ideal fit for web-based storage. "One of the greatest benefits to smaller schools and school districts is that School Web Lockers saves administrators such as Keith the time and headache of managing backups and other functions that an on-site solution would require," she said.

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, virus scanning, parental sign-in, and the ability for teachers and school administrators to monitor what students are storing. For collaboration beyond file sharing, School Web Lockers also provides teacher blogs and message boards (for school-wide or even district-wide online discussions.)

Wright also appreciates that School Web Lockers offers a "green" alternative by eliminating the need for paper: teachers can simply upload one file or assignment, and then post it in all student lockers electronically, instead of making multiple handout copies.

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.

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