Web cameras and fast internet connections are creating new ways of keeping children with long-term illnesses connected to their regular classes and classmates. Schools are experimenting with setting up cameras in classrooms and using the internet to allow children who are hospitalized or homebound to watch and participate in certain classroom activities. The classroom activities can be shown live or as videotapes provided to the sick child.

Educators say cameras and videotapes provide a much richer and more meaningful experience for absent children than the education they are commonly provided—televised lectures beamed into children's hospitals

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