Fresh from Orientation: iPads are required equipment!
- 0Apr 30, '13 by daisygartenHow fast our world is changing... When I got my BA in the early 1990s, the internet was just a weird peripheral idea. Now ALL of our nursing school's textbooks will be delivered online through the Kno.com format. A lot of the orientation group groaned and grumbled at the added cost. I'd planned on buying a new laptop, so it sounds good to me. Its going to do amazing stuff-- multi-text searches for research topics; interactive notes and highlighting that can be shared with classmates; built-in flashcards, reactive illustrations, quizzes. It collects data on your study habits and makes recommendations. It collects all of your highlights and notes into a journal. All of your books can be accessed online without expiration.
My husband is going to be pumped that I won't be dragging another truckload of books into the house. I'm thrilled to be part of this pilot group in my ADN program. We will be set up to dovetail into the rapidly changing tech demands.
I'm in the Hybrid program and will attend labs and clinicals three days per week and watch lectures online. I wasn't listening as well as I should; trying to take the whole iPad trip in. I took pictures of key slides and notes about what was said. So I guess I can study that over summer as I wait to Fall to hurry up and get here!!!
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- 0May 1, '13 by HouTx GuideAre you a big eReader fan? If not, this will be a radical departure for you. I am a huge eReader fan (6 Kindles at last count) but I get serious headaches if I am reading small print from a backlit screen.... That's why I love Kindles - no backlight. If you're planning on using it to take notes, you will also need a keyboard. I'd suggest getting one of those snazzy ones that is actually integrated into a case for your iPad.
I'm really glad you're excited about the technology. Many people are surprised at how much tech nurses have to deal with on a continuous basis. My background is critical care... love those machines that go "bing" (Monty Python reference).
- 0May 1, '13 by daisygarten@HouTx Not a huge eReader gal, but I guess I'm going to be! Thanks for the advice on the keyboard, sounds like the perfect accessory.
@classicdame I'm all for streamlining equipment too!
The amazing thing to me about this "little" revelation, was that they sprung it on us at orientation. Several people had purchased, or received as gifts, brand new laptops. I felt bad for them. At least iPad have gone way down in cost recently.
- 0May 2, '13 by sillypuddy143Our school had a similar pilot program as well, we all got free Itouches that came with several text books, nursing skill texts, and drug guides. It was fantastic to have during clinical, any time I needed to look up a drug or clinical skill it only took seconds! I will continue to use it as a nurse
- 0May 2, '13 by wordsofmymouthI found out my program requires some kind of "device," whether it be phone, iPad, or Kindle Fire, in order to use ebooks. I wasn't really thrilled about it, but I've wanted a Kindle Fire for a while anyway and I think I'm going to enjoy carrying a very light bag to school. I do think it is really odd how in your program (and mine) they waited until a critical time to say, "Oh, yeah, you'll need to buy this device that costs hundreds of dollars besides buying your expensive textbooks." Well, they didn't say it would be cheap.Last edit by wordsofmymouth on May 2, '13