Monday morning critique: iPads and Grades

For a Monday morning, how about an opportunity to critique some academic research?

Here is a good one today about a study about a positive association between iPads and learning:

Abilene Christian University has been conducting extensive studies on the effects of mobile devices on student learning for more than three years. Prior to the launch of the iPad, the university undertook an initiative to hand out iPhones and iPod touches to incoming freshmen.

The university’s iPad-specific research results are “uniformly positive,” as noted by TUAW after a preview of the data. One study found that “students who annotated text on their iPads scored 25% higher on questions regarding information transfer than their paper-based peers.”

Do you believe it? Why or why not? Best to read the study itself (at least quickly) before commenting.