The goal of Odessa College’s experiment is to determine whether iPads help students learn.

This semester, two biology classes at Odessa College in Texas will serve as part of a controlled experiment to determine if the school should pursue iPads for every student as a teaching tool.

Students in one of the classes received iPads they will use throughout the semester.

“The students were thrilled,” their professor, Chet Cooper, who is the chair of the Biology Department, told the Odessa College Board of Trustees at its first 2013 meeting Jan. 22.

Students in the second class received no iPads. If that seems like a raw deal, students in the traditional classroom who earn passing grades will all get a free iPad.

(Next page: More details about the experiment)

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