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.

Victor Rogers' father was thousands of miles away in Iraq, but he was still able to see the 18-year-old graduate from high school May 29. Several schools near Fort Hood in central Texas worked with the Army post to broadcast their graduation ceremonies to soldiers in Iraq through the internet and a live satellite hookup. Deployed parents also spoke with graduates in private


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