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SAN DIEGO, CA — June 08, 2010 — With new, more user-friendly features announced today, School Web Lockers is set to save time and improve productivity for teachers and students alike within the hundreds of K-12 schools and school districts across the U.S. that the San Diego-based software company serves.
Starting with an entirely new, more user-friendly design for its Web-based file sharing and storage software, which is specifically built for K-12 schools, School Web Lockers has also added new features to streamline digital grading processes, organize electronic files and upload documents.
“The re-design is all about improving productivity and giving teachers more time to do what they do best, and that’s teach,” says Kelly Smith, manager of sales and marketing for School Web Lockers.
The most important new feature is the capability for teachers to quickly export grades for automatic entry into school grading systems, eliminating the need to do double the work by entering them into both a School Web Lockers folder and then into their grade books. All new customers will get this one-click export capability via a new version of the software that is now available. This summer, existing customers will be transitioned to the new software as well.
Another new time-saving feature is the software’s “self-serve” online import process, which allows new customers to quickly add registered users to their School Web Lockers communities, expediting the set-up process so that schools can get up and running faster with the software.
School Web Lockers is designed to meet the needs of K-12 students and teachers who struggle on a daily basis with the basic ability to store, access and share files. Offering easy 24/7 access to student and teacher data — from any Internet location — the software provides each user with a secure, password-protected web locker, or digital drop box. Students and teachers can start their work on one computer at school, and then stash it in their web locker to finish at home or elsewhere. The software offers a calendar; 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,” says Smith. “Many of our customers report that they have saved thousands of reams of paper each year through School Web Lockers, not to mention hours upon hours of time.”
When starting out with the system, all teachers are given a “homework” folder that is accessible by students in each of their classes. From this folder, students can quickly download files specific to that class, and they can also upload completed assignments. Teachers can then access all completed student work in a single online location, which simplifies grading and ensures that assignments are never lost.
Because it leverages the convenience of the web, School Web Lockers requires no investment in costly storage or server hardware, which also saves management and maintenance time for busy school technology specialists. In addition, it is only a fraction of the cost of the typical on-site storage system required for most schools. File sharing with a web-based platform is also safer and more secure than the free services that are available today, which can potentially threaten student privacy.
Designed to be 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.
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