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As K-12 Students and Teachers Struggle With Limitations, Frustrations of File Sharing and Storage, New Web-Based Solutions EmergeNew School Web Lockers Feature Lets Students and Teachers Drag and Drop Files to a Web-Based Storage Locker, Interact With Those Files as if They Were Stored Locally on the Desktop (August 09, 2011)
SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/09/11 -- While today's K-12 schools are equipped with a growing number of computer devices -- from PCs and Macs to iPads, notebooks and mobile devices -- students and teachers still struggle in the classroom with the limitations and frustrations of inadequate data storage and file sharing. In fact, many schools prohibit students from saving files on these devices due to data storage constraints and security policies, which can compromise their ability to access and update digital assignments in a timely manner.
School Web Lockers is addressing this challenge with the introduction of DirectSave, a new feature now available for the company's online file sharing and storage platform, which is used by hundreds of thousands of teachers and students across the U.S. DirectSave allows users to drag and drop files directly to a Web-based storage locker and interact with those files as if they were stored locally on the desktop.
In addition, file access is available on a password-protected basis from any Internet-connected device, including the iPad, and from any location -- home, school or elsewhere -- providing students with various options for completing their assignments. iPad compatibility is made possible via a free downloadable application, WebDAV Navigator, which serves as a conduit for file exchange with the School Web Lockers platform.
"Dazzling projects and presentations are great, but without an adequate way to store, access and share them, they lose their value," said Kelly Smith, manager of sales and marketing for School Web Lockers. "Our new DirectSave feature represents a major step forward in making K-12 file sharing and storage fast, convenient and easy for students and teachers, especially in schools where saving files on local machines is prohibited."
The idea behind School Web Lockers is that students create work on one computer, then stash files in their personal Web locker for completion later. School Web Lockers, compatible with Macs and PCs, is designed specifically for K-12 schools.
Time-Saving Feature Allows Class-Wide File and Folder Distribution in Seconds
The new DirectSave feature makes use of drive mapping capabilities to eliminate time-consuming steps, allowing students and teachers to drag and drop files directly to their personal Web locker without logging in to the Web-based School Web Lockers platform. In addition, instructors can instantly upload and distribute a file, or even a folder, to an entire class at one time, giving them a quick and paperless way to share documents.
"The ability to drag and drop an entire folder into the system and then distribute it class-wide -- in a matter of seconds -- is a big time saver for teachers, particularly at the start of the year when there are many files to share, or at the beginning of a major new assignment," said Smith.
Beyond file sharing and storage, School Web Lockers offers a wide range of features to help teachers stay organized and improve communications, including online folders categorized by class to facilitate grading, along with blogging capabilities, message boards and other tools.
The platform is economically priced at $1 per student or teacher, per year, representing a more affordable alternative than investing in an entirely new on-premise storage system, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Plus, as a paperless homework system, School Web Lockers also saves paper and toner costs.
School Web Lockers offer unlimited storage, giving students the ability to maintain a large online portfolio of video projects, presentations and everyday assignments. The new DirectSave feature is an optional capability for the School Web Lockers platform and is priced at an add-on cost of $.25 per user per year, with 250MB of data transfer capacity available on the mapped drive to students each month, and 500MB available to teachers.
For more information, visit www.schoolweblockers.com or call 1-866-499-6527.
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.
Paula Johns Communications
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