Labtop or ipad for nursing school????? - page 3

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


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    Just to add to the confusion - ASUS Transformer tablets are available in either Android or Windows 8... they have optional click-on keyboards (that contain a backup battery), so they can function like a laptop but with much less weight. With they keyboard closed, it's very sturdy - don't need an additional case. I use one for work - carry it around in my purse. Battery lasts ~ 12 hours in use.
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    I agree with seeing what your program recommends when it comes to mobile technology. I already have an iPhone, so I'm staying in the apple family with an iPad so I only pay once for our required apps. In our admissions 'packet' (an email with various links), one requirement is that we have either a smartphone or an iPod touch by the second semester when we begin clinicals so we have access to the necessary apps. They have a document that has a lot of the various smartphone offerings and a few tablets and what versions are or are not supported. While this might take a little digging to find, but could be of value in your decision if your school has something like that.
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    Quote from KAR813
    I agree with seeing what your program recommends when it comes to mobile technology. I already have an iPhone, so I'm staying in the apple family with an iPad so I only pay once for our required apps. In our admissions 'packet' (an email with various links), one requirement is that we have either a smartphone or an iPod touch by the second semester when we begin clinicals so we have access to the necessary apps. They have a document that has a lot of the various smartphone offerings and a few tablets and what versions are or are not supported. While this might take a little digging to find, but could be of value in your decision if your school has something like that.
    That's interesting that your program requires an ipad. Hope they have loners because those aren't cheap. I'm too broke to afford such a device. Pen and paper for me please
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    Quote from Floridatrail2006

    That's interesting that your program requires an ipad. Hope they have loners because those aren't cheap. I'm too broke to afford such a device. Pen and paper for me please
    Wow I agree but I do have an iPhone and am leaning to maybe getting ipad off of eBay!
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    Quote from HouTx
    Just to add to the confusion - ASUS Transformer tablets are available in either Android or Windows 8... they have optional click-on keyboards (that contain a backup battery), so they can function like a laptop but with much less weight. With they keyboard closed, it's very sturdy - don't need an additional case. I use one for work - carry it around in my purse. Battery lasts ~ 12 hours in use.
    Thanks got ingi
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    Quote from HouTx
    Just to add to the confusion - ASUS Transformer tablets are available in either Android or Windows 8... they have optional click-on keyboards (that contain a backup battery), so they can function like a laptop but with much less weight. With they keyboard closed, it's very sturdy - don't need an additional case. I use one for work - carry it around in my purse. Battery lasts ~ 12 hours in use.
    Thanks for info
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    Quote from Floridatrail2006

    That's interesting that your program requires an ipad. Hope they have loners because those aren't cheap. I'm too broke to afford such a device. Pen and paper for me please
    We can choose what ever 'smart' device we want, but were not limited to just the iPad - the device has to be off of the supported devices list that contains the iPhone, android phones, iPod touch, iPad, windows devices, etc. I was just bringing up staying in the same OS so I'm not paying twice for apps that aren't the cheapest - something that might not be thought of.
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    I use both my ipad mini and my MacBook Pro about equally
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    A few years ago, UVa conducted a scientific experiment with Kindles in the MBA program. Students in one section (60) were all provided a Kindle DX. Students in the other section were not. At the end of the semester students and faculty were evaluated.

    A key finding regarded how people studied when reading. Annotating (underlining, adding comments) is doable on the e-device, but it can be very clunky. If you are one who likes to mark up the text, then a 3-D book may be best. The other complaint was that it was hard for students across sections using different technologies (book and Kindle) to function in study groups. One could just not say to all "just turn to page 241 in the book where the author says "Blah, blah" as the pages do not line up across devices Thumbing around an e-device is also not as easy as thumbing through a book.

    For the student who did not ever annotate a book and just liked to read whenever (and wherever) then the e-device was a benefit. But I would encourage you to think how you study.

    Also, do you take notes in class? The MBA students felt that then needed a laptop to take notes (even if they had a Kindle).
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    Quote from UVA Grad Nursing
    A few years ago, UVa conducted a scientific experiment with Kindles in the MBA program. Students in one section (60) were all provided a Kindle DX. Students in the other section were not. At the end of the semester students and faculty were evaluated.

    A key finding regarded how people studied when reading. Annotating (underlining, adding comments) is doable on the e-device, but it can be very clunky. If you are one who likes to mark up the text, then a 3-D book may be best. The other complaint was that it was hard for students across sections using different technologies (book and Kindle) to function in study groups. One could just not say to all "just turn to page 241 in the book where the author says "Blah, blah" as the pages do not line up across devices Thumbing around an e-device is also not as easy as thumbing through a book.

    For the student who did not ever annotate a book and just liked to read whenever (and wherever) then the e-device was a benefit. But I would encourage you to think how you study.

    Also, do you take notes in class? The MBA students felt that then needed a laptop to take notes (even if they had a Kindle).
    That's interesting! In the past I have only took notes in paper and book.... Always wanted a ipad or something to bring up PowerPoint etc


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