President Barack Obama says the nation is in a state of education crisis - dropout rates continue to climb and many business leaders worry today's students will not be prepared to lead the global workforce. Some school officials think the best way to keep kids engaged is by using cutting-edge video conferencing tools in the classroom.
According to a study reported by eSchoolNews.com, teachers think video tools will make lessons more engaging. Additionally, more than 82 percent of school administrators think education technology will play a large role in preparing students for the future workforce.
More than half of education technology officials in K-12 schools and higher education institutions said they would buy video technology in 2010 to retain top students, reports the source.
Luckily for education officials, video conferencing solutions may not cost too much of schools' limited budgets. Ray Schroeder, director of the University of Illinois Springfield's Center for Online Learning, told eSchoolNews.com the video conferencing service at his university costs about half of what it did five years ago.
In addition to school systems across the country, the U.S. Travel Association may soon be investing in video conferencing tools. TravelAgentCentral.com says this technology is predicted to help improve the visa application process for foreigners.