It’s handy, efficient, and, according to a local university professor, the latest trend in higher education. The Apple iPad may be coming to a classroom near you, bringing a halt to college students sharpening their pencils and stocking up on notebooks, the Shelby Star reports. Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs is the latest to jump on the iPad bandwagon, and is requiring some students to purchase the tablet by the first day of classes in August. Students studying for major or minor concentrations in communications, those enrolled in the two-year nursing program, along with second-year nursing students working toward earning bachelor of science degrees, will be required to purchase an iPad, said Dr. Bob Carey, chairman of the Department of Communication Studies. For more than a year, he and fellow educators met as a Mobile Learning Task Force at the university, studying to determine if iPads should be required for students.