Schools across the nation are using video-conferencing equipment to let students reach far-flung locations. About one in four U.S. schools has the equipment to support these "virtual field trips," according to a report.
The Australian Education Union says that its teachers need strong mentors and less work, otherwise an exodus could occur. According to a study of 1,300 new teachers there, about half wouldn't be teaching in 10 years. The union's study also showed that 49% of the teachers hadn't received initial training.
Mirroring broader social trends, the rise of the Internet has meant fewer newspapers in classrooms across the nation, according to a survey from the Carnegie Knight Task Force at Harvard University. Instead, teachers are using a few national news sources online and foregoing local news coverage.
In Michigan, where students must earn two foreign language credits to graduate, some elementary schools are trying to put classes like Spanish into play early. Parents say it works because children can pick up the language easier as a youngster.