We have recently noticed a pattern that we want to share with you as library patrons. As you know, CCSD Acceptable Use Policy officially prohibits students from using email unless a teacher is specifically and directly supervising the individual student. We have encouraged our students for two years now to use flash drives to move their work back and forth between home and school because of this policy; in addition, students frequently do not know how to properly save their work from email, and they lose that file or student profile restrictions do not allow them to download files from certain email services. Many students who are still trying to access their Word documents via email here at school are finding that their files will not open here. Even with my Office converter, I cannot change the files to be usable. For whatever reason, many of the email services are inexplicably corrupting these Word files with no rhyme or reason. So……please consider getting a flash drive for moving work or consider using some of the open source word processing software we have blogged about this week. We have seen many tears when a student cannot open a Word document that is due “that day”!