Is iPhone Giveaway a Gimmick or a Portent?

Every couple of years, a hot new electronic device comes along that promises to transform education, if not life in general, and a few colleges give one to every new student. In the 90s, it was laptops. Three years ago, Duke University tried an iPod giveaway. And last month, Abilene Christian University announced that it would give every new student an iPhone (or an iPod Touch, which can connect to the Internet via a campus or other wireless network).

Reaction to the latest giveaway