A New York school district is piloting the latest generation of "smart card" technology to document a number of student and staff member activities, including internet access, attendance, permitting entry into the school, buying lunch in the cafeteria, and signing out books.

The technology "incorporates many things into one tool," said Roberta A. Gerold, superintendent of Miller Place School District. "We can collapse so many tasks into one system."

District officials hope the smart-card system, developed by the ScholarChip Co., will help them keep track of where students are and

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