Published: Aug 13, 2012 12:25 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2012 6:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York City schools chief Joel Klein left to run News Corp.'s education division but spent much of the past year defending boss Rupert Murdoch in the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the British media.

Now Klein is back in New York to launch Amplify, News Corp.'s entry into the burgeoning field of digital learning.

Amplify and AT&T will fund a pilot project that will put tablet computers in students' hands in the coming school year.

Klein says in an interview that digital materials can engage students in history, science and other subjects.

For example, he said students might read the Gettysburg Address and click on the words "Four score and seven years ago" to learn why Lincoln traced the nation's birth to the Declaration of Independence.