Ever since the release of the iPod and snazzy Smartphones the media has been a buzz about iPod thieves and the assumption that iPods are actually contributing to crime and hearing loss.

On the flip side, many schools have started using iPods as an educational tool. Monday's New York Times featured "In Some Schools, iPods Are Required Listening," an article about how the use of digital music players help bilingual students improve their vocabulary and grammar by singing along to pop songs and mimicking pronunciation.

I think the idea is fantastic because using an iPod provides the same function of listening to language lessons on tape. Do you think the iPods can provide an educational benefit in class, or are you against their use in school?