System and method for providing a virtual school environment

  • US 6,505,031 B1
  • Filed: 02/25/2000
  • Issued: 01/07/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A virtual school environment for allowing teachers to communicate with their students or the students'"'"' parents over the Internet, comprising:

  • a database system;

    a plurality of school web pages, each corresponding to a different one of plural schools, and a plurality of teacher web pages, each corresponding to a different one of a plurality of teachers from each of the plurality of different schools, and each teacher web page including links to other web pages;

    where the plural school web pages and the plural teacher web pages are stored on the database system and linked in a hierarchical arrangement whereby the teacher web pages corresponding to teachers from a particular school may be accessed through links on the school web page corresponding to the particular school;

    a computer server system accessible via the Internet and connected to the database system to access the plurality of web pages; and

    software executable by the computer server system to develop a list of parents who would like to receive an associated student'"'"'s school assignments and grades for a class, via the teachers'"'"' corresponding web pages;

    receive school assignments from one or more teachers via the Internet, add the received assignments to the teachers'"'"' corresponding web pages, automatically send the received assignments via electronic mail to the parents on the list who have indicated that they would like to receive a student'"'"'s school assignments;

    receive grades for each student for each assignment, from one or more teachers via the Internet;

    add the grades to a portion of the teachers'"'"' corresponding web pages that is accessible only by an authorized user; and

    automatically send the received grades for a student as electronic mail to the parents on the list who have indicated that they would like to receive a student'"'"'s grades;

    transmit a selected teacher'"'"'s web page containing an assignment or grade via the Internet in response to a request.

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