"A good bet now is to find ways to slowly introduce it," he said. "To go fully digital for the entire school in the way that they're envisioning is still several years out."
Companies selling classroom materials in the coming years will strive to align them with the Common Core, a new set of academic standards that have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Ann Flynn, director of educational technology for the National School Boards Association, said the Common Core makes developing new educational products much easier than if a company had to meet 50 sets of standards in 50 states. She added that News Corp.'s experience owning the social networking site Myspace could help it to develop digital learning products.
Flynn also said she didn't expect any fallout from the hacking scandal to affect Amplify.
"The success of Wireless Generation, and its reputation with the larger education community, may have a far greater (and positive) impact on how this new endeavor is viewed than the News Corp. scandal," Flynn said.
Some critics distrust the rush to profit from public education. "I don't approve of for-profit ventures in education other than companies selling books and school supplies," Diane Ravitch, New York University professor and author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education," said in an email.
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, whose union representing 75,000 teachers often clashed with Klein when he was chancellor, said the phone-hacking scandal makes News Corp. a poor choice for the classroom.
"I don't know how anyone with any sort of common sense would say, 'Oh, yeah, let's buy thousands of these devices and give them access to information,'" Mulgrew said.
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