I think that teachers will be able to have many interesting conversations within their classrooms as whole/small groups use their ipads/itouches to research, and use some of the ideas/apps learned in previous tools. These small, yet powerful devices will allow for any classroom to stay up with the technology that our students use in their everyday lives. Many times I have found that the student in our classrooms becomes very bored with the lack of 'everyday' access and learning in a way that suits them best and will turn off whatever is going on in the classroom. Our teachers will have to give up some of their power in the room and allow their students to learn and 'teach' themselves and the new devices will hellp accomplish this.
The devices should be issued to students after they show competence. The teacher could develop their own, or as a department a standardized testing procedure could be developed making sure that all students know how to use the devices within their specific classroom.