district is moving to "the cloud." What is
A: Cloud computing is the process of using a
network of remote servers online, rather than a particular computer
or local server, to store data and run programs. In simplest
terms, programs and files are stored online instead of on your own
computer and you access them by logging on through the
There is a good chance you already are using a cloud-based
program. Web-based email accounts like Hotmail or Gmail are common
There are big pros to cloud computing, especially for a
budget-conscious school district. Cloud computing allows schools to
manage software updates, data storage and data sharing efficiently
and cost effectively.
Will your student be affected by the cloud? In most cases,
you will not notice any difference when logging into the school
network or working witha program.
Q: I'm so tired of today's TV! How can I
find great shows like the ones I grew up with for my
A: Despite competition, TV still is the most consumed form
of media for kids 8-18. Almost every household has at least one TV,
while 80 percent have three to four TV sets and 70 percent of kids
report having TV sets in their bedrooms. This group spends more
than four hours a day, on average, watching television.
With so many choices, parents can help guide their child's
TV habits by exploring new resources that offer something beyond
the current cable lineup and provide interactive components to
enhance online learning and family conversations.
If you were a fan of the following, you'll find some fun,
fresh alternatives to basic viewing complete with a healthy dose of
nostalgia at these sites.
If you have tweens and teens in the house, settle in for a
fun evening of TV flashbacks with these resources:
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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