Innovative schools around the United States are using technology to enable distant parents--including troops in Iraq and other remote locations--to feel a little more togetherness, even if the get-togethers are only virtual.

Some Central Texas school districts plan to make this year's high school graduation ceremonies accessible on the internet or by videoconference so soldiers deployed to Iraq from nearby Fort Hood can watch, officials said.

In addition to watching the ceremony, a deployed parent will be able to talk to his or her graduating student one-on-one via a


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