Labtop or ipad for nursing school????? - page 2

Hello my fellow nursing students??? I was wondering what would be better for nursing school?? Labtop or ipad???... Read More

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    Quote from molls4
    When choosing a computer or tablet, talk to people already in the program you are planning on attending. With the program I'm in now, we are required to watch skills videos online and you can't play them on an iPad. Just something to think about, especially if a desktop computer is older and doesn't have the system requirements or is slow :-)
    I agree, talk to someone already in the program your planning to attend. In my program, no one uses an ipad during lectures. Everyone prints out the powerpoints and records the lectures. And yes, we also had a lot of videos to watch for the skills.
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    Quote from Mina E.

    I agree, talk to someone already in the program your planning to attend. In my program, no one uses an ipad during lectures. Everyone prints out the powerpoints and records the lectures. And yes, we also had a lot of videos to watch for the skills.
    I better do some more thinking
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Mar 26, '13 : Reason: format
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    I love my iPad! I record lectures with it, download PowerPoints and take notes on them, I have my biggest books in ebook form (as well as hard cover), I have NCLEX question apps, and so much more.

    I also use it in clinicals. I have my drug book on there and type up my clinical paperwork as I go.

    But I wouldn't want it without access to another computer. Not handy to write papers and some of my course materials use flash
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    I would even say to talk to a professor who will be teaching or two. I've heard a few friends say that their professors get peeved when people use their laptops/iPads in class - I guess the assumption is that they're goofing off. Doesn't seem fair to me, as I like to take notes in word/powerpoint myself, but that would be something to think about. At least asking beforehand is a way to show that you're serious about doing the right thing.
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    Quote from carakristin1
    I would even say to talk to a professor who will be teaching or two. I've heard a few friends say that their professors get peeved when people use their laptops/iPads in class - I guess the assumption is that they're goofing off. Doesn't seem fair to me, as I like to take notes in word/powerpoint myself, but that would be something to think about. At least asking beforehand is a way to show that you're serious about doing the right thing.
    Thanks I wouldn't have even thought about that! Ugh decisions
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    I have been wanting an iPad for this semester. The laptop is always a pain to bring in the classroom, have to make sure there's an outlet close for the charger (as my classes are 4 hours long) and most professors don't really like them since people are always doing something else besides class work. I think that going trough slides and power points is a lot easier on an iPad and not to mention the ink and paper I will save.
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    Save your money and don't get an i-pad. There are plenty of quality tablets out there for a quarter of the price and much more customizable. For instance, I have a nexus-7. It's way lighter, way smaller, and wayyyyyyy cheaper.

    Tablets are not a must. A luxury. You can get many good apps on your smartphone if you have one. I survived nursing school fine without a tablet. My two cents.
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    Quote from Floridatrail2006
    Save your money and don't get an i-pad. There are plenty of quality tablets out there for a quarter of the price and much more customizable. For instance, I have a nexus-7. It's way lighter, way smaller, and wayyyyyyy cheaper.

    Tablets are not a must. A luxury. You can get many good apps on your smartphone if you have one. I survived nursing school fine without a tablet. My two cents.
    Thanks !
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    Everyone makes very valid points. I knew before purchasing my iPad that throughout my program, we are allowed to use them. I knew also that carrying my very large laptop back and forth wasn't happening. I also travel a LOT and while I had a nook tablet, it was pretty useless as far as my schoolwork is concerned if I wind up stuck at the airport. So, I did my research, and for me, it was a sound investment-- not just for school but for my personal, 'real world' life as well.
    Good example- yesterday- I'm on break right now, so took some supplementary notes from two other a&p books I have as study aids. They're viewable through my nook app on my iPad. I took tr notes on paper and then snapped a quick picture of each page, added them to Evernote, and will be working on a 'study guide' for every chapter we have covered this far. I worked on two peer reviews for my English class, and I also completed an outline in Evernote for a psych group project that is due at the end of the semester, shared the notebook with my group members, and now we can collaborate and have all of our info in one place. I checked my email, paid bills, and then took a little study break by watching Downton Abbey. I went through my cookbooks on my iPad and made a menu for next week as well as a grocery list for shopping this weekend. When my husband got home from work, we checked out a few things on the Lowes website for the garden this year, and then my iPad said goodnight around 7 because hockey was on. I really do personally get a lot of use out of it. It does have its limitations, and I am hoping subsequent models will address those.
    Definitely check to e sure you can use it in your classes, and consider carefully if you will actually use it outside of class too. Evernote is a great tool and available across all platforms and on most devices and even your laptop or pc. Check that out and see if that would organize things enough for you that you may not even need a new device.
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    Quote from goingtothedogs
    Everyone makes very valid points. I knew before purchasing my iPad that throughout my program, we are allowed to use them. I knew also that carrying my very large laptop back and forth wasn't happening. I also travel a LOT and while I had a nook tablet, it was pretty useless as far as my schoolwork is concerned if I wind up stuck at the airport. So, I did my research, and for me, it was a sound investment-- not just for school but for my personal, 'real world' life as well.
    Good example- yesterday- I'm on break right now, so took some supplementary notes from two other a&p books I have as study aids. They're viewable through my nook app on my iPad. I took tr notes on paper and then snapped a quick picture of each page, added them to Evernote, and will be working on a 'study guide' for every chapter we have covered this far. I worked on two peer reviews for my English class, and I also completed an outline in Evernote for a psych group project that is due at the end of the semester, shared the notebook with my group members, and now we can collaborate and have all of our info in one place. I checked my email, paid bills, and then took a little study break by watching Downton Abbey. I went through my cookbooks on my iPad and made a menu for next week as well as a grocery list for shopping this weekend. When my husband got home from work, we checked out a few things on the Lowes website for the garden this year, and then my iPad said goodnight around 7 because hockey was on. I really do personally get a lot of use out of it. It does have its limitations, and I am hoping subsequent models will address those.
    Definitely check to e sure you can use it in your classes, and consider carefully if you will actually use it outside of class too. Evernote is a great tool and available across all platforms and on most devices and even your laptop or pc. Check that out and see if that would organize things enough for you that you may not even need a new device.
    Sounds like my day!! Thanks so much for the tips.. I'm leaning towards a tablet because I have a comp at home plus a small net book but they are both old so I'm unsure..


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