Technology Bytes: Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide IPad to Undergrads

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by Michelle Schusterman May 18, 2010
The Illinois Institute of Technology joins the list of universities supplying students with Apple’s iPad.

As TechCrunch points out, universities seem to have a love/hate relationship with the iPad. Just a month ago Seton Hill announced that all new students in the fall of 2010 would receive both an iPad and a Macbook as part of enrollment. But other schools, including Princeton and Cornell, have made it clear the device is not welcome on their campuses.

The Illinois Institute of Technology, however, is embracing the new technology offered by Apple. From their press release:

Educational applications for iPad, such as eBooks, Blackboard Mobile Learn, and iTunes University will empower IIT students with engaging tools that will enhance their educational experience. IIT students and faculty will also develop new applications that will increase classroom interactivity and collaboration.

Beyond the use of iPad devices for educational purposes in and out of the classroom, IIT will release a university 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 directly to iPod/iPhone/iPad devices, enhancing the existing emergency alert capability through SMS text email, and voice messages.

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