Giving iPads to students

Oregon universities put iPads to the test
During the first day of orientation Thursday, the private Quaker university in Newberg gave all freshmen their choice of a laptop computer or Apple's iPad, a flat, tablet-sized electronic book reader and computer released in April. Ebersole was among 10 percent of the freshmen who chose an iPad, in most cases because they already had laptops.

The advent of the iPad may mark the biggest new force affecting the academic lives of the more than 38,000 students returning to class at Oregon's major private colleges and universities this week.

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