California District Implements Web-based File Storage


Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) in Southern California has recently selected School Web Lockers to provide Web-based file storage for the district's roughly 7,000 students. The implementation is aimed at accommodating RUSD's growing storage needs, while minimizing their infrastructure and human resource investment.

According to the announcement, the solution will give the 10-school district unlimited off-site data storage and file sharing capabilities, accessed through a secure Web site. The system allows students and teachers to store and retrieve files from any computer with Internet access through individual, password-protected "storage lockers." Teachers can also use the platform to assign and collect student work digitally.

"The decision to go with School Web Lockers was more about increasing the students' opportunities for success," said Keith Wright, RUSD's director of information and education services, in a prepared statement. "It extends their day beyond the confines of the classroom, giving them access to their assignments and projects from any Internet location.  This way they can avoid rushing through their work, and instead put more thought into projects while away from class."

Features of the service include daily backups, integrated virus scanning, blocked file type capabilities, and parental sign-in, as well as the ability to monitor stored files. According to School Web Lockers, prices for the service start at $1 per student.

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