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Education Ticker: A storm is coming, school is cancelled (not in Canada)

A woman walks past damaged houses after Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba Friday. The Cuban government said on Thursday night that 11 people died when the storm barreled across the island.

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The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

Apparently, there is a storm coming. Schools, universities and colleges across the United States are in preparatory mode.

Online courses seem like they would make university learning more resilient to weather events, but storing information in the cloud means power outages can affect physical classrooms as well.

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The Learning Network asks students why New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called people refusing to be evacuated "very selfish" in its classroom toolbox for learning about hurricanes.

Sandy brings on a bout of nostalgia for the days when only snow would be guaranteed to shut down schools, power was reliable and everyone gathered around the radio for news. Now the radio is hand-cranked.

Delivering a paper at NYU Tuesday? Not anymore. A useful list of postsecondary institutions that are closed, at least until mid-week.

Finally, Halloween-appropriate children's stories for the dark and stormy nights to come.

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