The social media covers a wide range of applications including blogging, wikis, online forums, Twitter and Facebook. Most forms of social media are free and are easy to use. By 2009 Australians had become the world's greatest consumers of social media, but so far schools have been reluctant to participate in this trend. This article explores some of the ways in which schools might use the social media, and the benefits they could bring. It also considers how schools can minimise the risks posed by social media, within or outside the school community.
Ex-teachers in Sydney describe their reasons for leaving the profession, which often related to issues surrounding classroom management, workload and the level of support they had received within their schools – Asia Pacific Journal of Education.