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Some parents struggle to find educational value in high-tech media

August 24, 2010
BY JULIA EDWARDS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Every high school freshman in Weld County, Colo., receives a present on the first day of school: a personal laptop computer. For three years now, the district has handled upgrades, breakdowns and objections from parents unwilling to take in the potentially disruptive houseguest. Director of support services Keith Ouweneel holds seminars to show parents how the system is designed to record the students’ online activity block social sites like Facebook and shut down at midnight. But there are always a few who refuse to see technology as anything but a distraction from academics. More…

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