A growing number of schools are using digital video as a powerful tool to convey to parents how their children are performing in the classroom. The use of dynamic video can communicate a student's abilities far more effectively than paper-based progress reports, proponents of the trend say.

Elementary school teachers in Barrington, R.I., for instance, have been showing parents videos of their children reading, to help parents truly understand what they mean during parent-teacher conferences.

Concepts such as reading ability and social interaction are difficult to illustrate verbally. So teachers

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