A good question I think. We’ve come a long way from my school years when all talk was of who had the sharpest pencil in the room! The Networked Society Blog picked up on a story where a school in Sydney is testing this out by issuing iPads to students.
I was lucky enough to be at school during a similar shift, as the computer age started. My education finished with programming on a BBC Micro computer, typing pages of code to play a game on the ZX81 at home before upgrading to a Commodore 64 via the Sinclair Spectrum. Ah, remember Additive Football Manager anyone?