Online lockers keep school in students’ reach

An increasing number of students are using remote internet connections to complete their assignments and communicate with teachers and fellow students, while a portfolio of their work is amassing at secure servers online, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Most afternoons after classes at Mark Twain High School in San Diego, Kevin Vazquez heads to the Logan Heights branch of the city library, sits at a computer, and logs on to his school’s server to complete his homework. Using his password, Kevin has access to all of his school papers, PowerPoint presentations, messages from teachers, and other material. All of his work is archived on the server for his teachers to see—wherever they might be. The excuse “I left my homework at home” doesn’t fly anymore. Mark Twain High School is one of 28 schools in the San Diego area that use a server system called School Web Lockers. Developed by the San Diego firm Networld Solutions, the server system—which costs schools $1 per student, plus a $700 setup fee—is used by nearly 400 schools in 26 states. The web lockers offer schools drop boxes, shared folders, blogs, and message boards, as well as student portfolio spaces, said Kelly Agrelius, a sales and marketing manager for the service…

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