Apple's iPod continues to gain converts among education professionals.

A new report looks at how iPods are being used in a US elementary school, in a move school head, Scott Grimes, calls "the future of special education".

The school is using iPods to boost accessibiilty – students with learning diabilities are using the devices to help them take tests, tests they may otherwise have been unable to attempt.

Tests are scanned into a computer and transferred to an iPod, audio is then added. Questions then appear on the iPod screen while they are read, and students can then match what they have heard and seen to the paper in front of them.

The technology also means disadvantaged children can take tests in the same room and at the same time as other students, reducing feelings of alienation and boosting inclusion.

The school reports good results from using the technology, with pupils there welcoming the move.