SOURCE: School Web Lockers

March 27, 2008 08:45 ET

Texas' Lytle Independent School District Returns From Spring Break With New Digital Lockers From School Web Lockers

Cost-Effective Web File Sharing Service Increases Productivity for Teachers and Students

LYTLE, TX--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Lytle Independent School District is among the first school districts in Texas to take part in a growing nationwide trend toward the use of cost-effective, web-based storage "lockers." The district, located 25 miles southwest of San Antonio, greeted students and teachers returning from Spring Break this week 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.

After discovering School Web Lockers at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference last month in Austin, Donelle Harris, junior high technology facilitator for the 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 all four Lytle 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.

"Lytle 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.

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    School Web Lockers
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