BREMERTON, Wash. -- A classroom full of fourth-graders scrambled to their seats as teacher Scott Wisenburg announced it was time for a reading lesson.
Some reached straight for iPods and others hurriedly wrote down predictions about the text they were soon to read.
Last year, he and two other teachers in fourth and first grades began using iPods, and this year the program -- called iLearn -- has expanded to 15 classrooms. "They're a great discipline tool," Wisenburg said of the devices, which he is using in his classroom at View Ridge Elementary School in Bremerton. But Wisenburg and other educators say that mobile devices like iPods and touch-screen tablets are much more than that.