Want a free iPad? Enroll at Illinois Institute of Technology, and you’ll get one, NBC Chicago reports. IIT has announced that the school will be providing free Apple iPads, which cost $499 and up, to all incoming undergraduate freshmen at the start of the next fall semester. Assistant Director of Media Relations Evan Venie says that the iPad will foster a positive learning environment. “We have many computer and science students that will benefit from this,” he said.  “Faculty expressed an interest in having it. We already have mobile app development. The iPad will help advance this type of education.” But won’t having iPads in the classroom be a distraction for students? “We don’t think so, no,” Venie said.  “It won’t be any more of a distraction than laptops in the classroom.” Besides being used for educational purposes, IIT plans to release a university iPad app that will provide students with news, events, emergency alerts, and more. At least two other universities—Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill University and George Fox University in Oregon—will also provide free iPads for their students…

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