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LIU giving freshmen iPads

An iPad.

An iPad. Credit: AP

Long Island University this fall will give iPads to all full-time freshmen and undergraduate transfer students to connect them to the school's “cloud” of software, social-media and educational resources.

The school will encourage students to use the iPads to take notes in class, keep in touch with classmates and professors, check academic and financial records and download digital books.

They can keep the devices even after graduation.

“The new, emerging concept out there is cloud computing. And Long Island University is part of that ‘cloud’,” George Baroudi, the university's chief information officer, said.

“All you need is a device like an iPad to access everything you need to move through your college years…. We are moving toward ubiquitous access to knowledge, information and university services.”

To get ready for this pilot program, the school spent $100,000 on new wireless access points and other improvements.

The university's main campuses are in Brookville and Brooklyn.

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