Illinois University Provides Apple iPads for Undergrads

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There is an app for that!

Incoming IIT students will receive an Apple iPad this fall.

Quick! Plan on registering for fall classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago if getting a brand spanking new Apple iPad is important for your education experience.

Apple iPads

The Chicago school announced earlier this week that all incoming freshmen students will receive an Apple iPad as part of that school’s initiative to integrate new technologies into the classroom in a build to promote innovation among faculty members and students. Many technical colleges and universities have long since required or offered laptops to students in an effort to keep students and staff connected. IIT is believed to be the first university to offer Apple iPads for new students.

IIT Provost Alan Cramb explained the reasons why the school has chosen the iPad saying, “University education is much different today as compared to even ten years ago. Students live in a world where technology is seamlessly integrated into virtually every aspect of their lives, where information and collaboration are available anywhere, anytime. IIT is committed to providing students with the tools and support to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape.”

IIT App

The university has plans to release its own app for iPhone/iPod and iPad that provides students and visitors with access to news, events, maps, course listings, and more. The application will also enable the university to push emergency alerts straight to iPod/iPhone/iPad devices, heightening the current emergency alert capability through SMS text email and voice messages.

Apple is selling the iPad through its store for $499 with a carrying case costing $39 and a keyboard retailing for $69. IIT hasn’t said whether students will get these or other features with their devices or whether students will be charged a separate monthly charge for a connection.

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