Portal Combines E-Commerce and E-Learning


Kawama.com is an e-community that offerseducators, purchase officers, school boards, K-12 students, parents andadministrators an integrated destination for education-related Web commerce,Internet services and online learning at no cost. Its three-part model includesKawamaCommerce.com, acomprehensive business-to-business procurement solution for administrators; Learning For Success, a service thatprovides educational content at no cost to schools without advertising; and Kawama.com itself, an education portalthat includes consumer-to-business interaction.


KawamaCommerce.com offers a solution to procurementchallenges and provides education business professionals with efficient,user-friendly tools that enable them to make informed and economical purchasingdecisions. Learning For Success provides online learning using a research-basedapproach that incorporates cognitive learning theory in age- and grade-basedmodules. It can be offered at no cost to schools because it aggregates contentfrom third party providers. The portal includes online reference resources, aGameZone, chat rooms, e-mail, personalized homepages, discussion groups andlinks to educational resources. Teachers are able to evaluate studentperformance, facilitate reporting and classroom administration, as well asmanage grading, homework and classroom assignments. Parents are able to have aforum with teachers to monitor their children’s performance and schoolactivities. Kawama.com, Irvine, CA,(949) 975-8200, www.kawama.com.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.