Do you bring your laptop to class/lecture? - page 8

how many of you use your laptop, in nursing school, like it's goin' out of style ? :monkeydance: i should start a nursing program in the next 3-6 months, and i'm debating over whether i should use... Read More

  1. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from MystyqueOne
    It all depends on your individual learning style. I, personally, learn best by physically writing out my notes on paper. Some can learn by just reading. It's all an individual preference! Someone else brought a good point that I forgot about... the time it takes to set up the computer and turn it on and the time it takes to turn it off and put away. I know it may be only a few minutes, but with nursing school, every minute is precious!
    Very true about learning styles. I also need to write to understand. That's why I write my notes on my tablet laptop (see the link below). The screen of my laptop swivels around and then lies flat over the keyboard and I write on the screen. I use Microsoft OneNote to write and organize my notes. I can even load my teacher's powerpoints into OneNote, then write directly on the slides, or copy the definition or an illustration from Taber's online and paste it into my notes (it automatically includes a link to the source so that I can get more information if I need it). It also records my lectures and synchronizes the recording to what I write. So, anything I write has a play button next to it (when I press play, it starts 5 seconds before I wrote that line. All that without special paper and in a format that works with the rest of Microsoft Office. (Oh, it's also a regular laptop, so I write papers on it, reply on AllNurses, etc)

    No set up time needed either. My computer goes to sleep when I close it and wakes up when I open it. No boot time needed. My computer is up and running before most folks have turned to the right page in their binder/notebook.

    http://shop.lenovo.com/us/notebooks/...-series-tablet
  2. by   MystyqueOne
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Very true about learning styles. I also need to write to understand. That's why I write my notes on my tablet laptop (see the link below). The screen of my laptop swivels around and then lies flat over the keyboard and I write on the screen. I use Microsoft OneNote to write and organize my notes. I can even load my teacher's powerpoints into OneNote, then write directly on the slides, or copy the definition or an illustration from Taber's online and paste it into my notes (it automatically includes a link to the source so that I can get more information if I need it). It also records my lectures and synchronizes the recording to what I write. So, anything I write has a play button next to it (when I press play, it starts 5 seconds before I wrote that line. All that without special paper and in a format that works with the rest of Microsoft Office. (Oh, it's also a regular laptop, so I write papers on it, reply on AllNurses, etc)

    No set up time needed either. My computer goes to sleep when I close it and wakes up when I open it. No boot time needed. My computer is up and running before most folks have turned to the right page in their binder/notebook.

    http://shop.lenovo.com/us/notebooks/...-series-tablet
    That is so cool, but I have learned my lesson with laptops!!! Jest recently, my laptop of only two years old had overheated because I used to just close my laptop (putting it in sleep mode) and open it back up in class and vice versa. Yeah, long story short... I lost my laptop and had to purchase another one!!! It was still in great condition, except it just overheated from doing that one too many times!

    Also, I just don't find it convenient to take a laptop to clinicals. That's why I like the pulse pen along with the smaller flip paper pads you can get. When not in use, just stick them into your pocket. You can't do that with a laptop, no matter how small it is. I like that laptop, though! If only I saw that a month ago before I purchased this one.... (I also purchased the FIVE year warranty... just in case...)
  3. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from MystyqueOne
    That is so cool, but I have learned my lesson with laptops!!! Jest recently, my laptop of only two years old had overheated because I used to just close my laptop (putting it in sleep mode) and open it back up in class and vice versa. Yeah, long story short... I lost my laptop and had to purchase another one!!! It was still in great condition, except it just overheated from doing that one too many times!

    Also, I just don't find it convenient to take a laptop to clinicals. That's why I like the pulse pen along with the smaller flip paper pads you can get. When not in use, just stick them into your pocket. You can't do that with a laptop, no matter how small it is. I like that laptop, though! If only I saw that a month ago before I purchased this one.... (I also purchased the FIVE year warranty... just in case...)
    Yeah, I don't take it to clinicals, I just take my PDA to clinicals (it has all my resources...ie drug books, iv drug book, Tabers, Dx book, lab values, etc).

    Laptops will overheat if you don't let them turn off before putting them in your bag. They go to sleep, but not right away ( most laptops have a motion detector in them, and the hard drive freezes if it detects motion---protects the hard drive in a fall---BUT if you put the laptop in your bag BEFORE it turns itself off.....it won't turn off until it's still long enough for the hard drive to unlock and shut down....hence the overheating). I usually just carry it out, if I need to leave quickly (it's under 4 lbs and small....so it's not a problem).

    Oh and an extended (and accidental) warranty is ALWAYS a good idea on portable electronics. It's generally not worth the money for a desktop (replacement parts are cheap and many techie types will do the labor for a home cooked meal <smile>).....but parts are pricey for laptops.

    Best of luck and glad you've found a system that works for you!

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
    Recovering Techie ;-)
    Last edit by CuriousMe on Jun 23, '09
  4. by   MystyqueOne
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Yeah, I don't take it to clinicals, I just take my PDA to clinicals (it has all my resources...ie drug books, iv drug book, Tabers, Dx book, lab values, etc).

    Laptops will overheat if you don't let them turn off before putting them in your bag. They go to sleep, but not right away ( most laptops have a motion detector in them, and the hard drive freezes if it detects motion---protects the hard drive in a fall---BUT if you put the laptop in your bag BEFORE it turns itself off.....it won't turn off until it's still long enough for the hard drive to unlock and shut down....hence the overheating). I usually just carry it out, if I need to leave quickly (it's under 4 lbs and small....so it's not a problem).

    Oh and an extended (and accidental) warranty is ALWAYS a good idea on portable electronics. It's generally not worth the money for a desktop (replacement parts are cheap and many techie types will do the labor for a home cooked meal <smile>).....but parts are pricey for laptops.

    Best of luck and glad you've found a system that works for you!

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
    Recovering Techie ;-)

    I also have a PDA that is loaded with nursing resources, like yours. I will probably take that with me to clinicals, too.

    Thanks for the explanation of why my other laptop overheated! I looked into replacing the motherboard on it, but it was just as much as just buying a new laptop... so I did just that! I've never purchased warranties on my desktops since I've always personally upgraded them (I'm the little techie you were talking about...). Replacing the motherboard is the most pain to do in a desktop, but much cheaper than purchasing a whole new system!

    Thanks again!

    Back to the pen... Everyone has their own preference and learning styles.

    You're very knowledgeable!
  5. by   AOx1
    I need to stop obsessively checking this thread before I end up buying everything on it asap. It's ridiculous, I'm an instructor and still want all these things, even the OneNote. I guess I'll always want the newest technology, lol.

    Can you easily publish OneNote things to the web?
  6. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from LiveToLearn
    I need to stop obsessively checking this thread before I end up buying everything on it asap. It's ridiculous, I'm an instructor and still want all these things, even the OneNote. I guess I'll always want the newest technology, lol.

    Can you easily publish OneNote things to the web?
    Yes, I believe it's made to do that. The other nice thing is that you can share a OneNote notebook on a server. So, say there was a faculty committee that was working on a project, The project team can use the notebook together to create project documents or document progress. It's a pretty versatile application.

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
  7. by   Prettyladie
    What is OneNote? I'm sorry.
  8. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from Prettyladie
    What is OneNote? I'm sorry.
    Don't be sorry :-) It's software from Microsoft and part of the Microsoft Office suite. Here's a link to their information page about it:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/on...656661033.aspx
  9. by   Prettyladie
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Don't be sorry :-) It's software from Microsoft and part of the Microsoft Office suite. Here's a link to their information page about it:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/on...656661033.aspx
    Thank you, I'll look it up. I appreciate it.
  10. by   MystyqueOne
    So, tell me more about OneNote. Is it time consuming for instances in which you do NOT bring your laptop to school with you??? I'm interested.
  11. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from MystyqueOne
    So, tell me more about OneNote. Is it time consuming for instances in which you do NOT bring your laptop to school with you??? I'm interested.
    I'm not sure how to answer your question. Since OneNote is software on my computer, I don't use it at all if I don't bring my laptop to school with me. I also always bring my laptop to lecutre, since my notebooks are exclusively on my laptop in OneNote. So, instead of a binder, I have an electronic binder (which is just how it's set up....I use a binder (they call it a notebook) for each term, and have a tab for each class. Each lecture is then a page in the tab. (Notebooks are listed down the left side, tabs across the top and pages down the right side). The topic of each lecture is on the tab, so it makes studying easy and everything in the notebook is searchable, whether it's text from my teacher's powerpoint file or something I wrote with my tablet pen.
  12. by   MystyqueOne
    Quote from CuriousMe
    I'm not sure how to answer your question. Since OneNote is software on my computer, I don't use it at all if I don't bring my laptop to school with me. I also always bring my laptop to lecutre, since my notebooks are exclusively on my laptop in OneNote. So, instead of a binder, I have an electronic binder (which is just how it's set up....I use a binder (they call it a notebook) for each term, and have a tab for each class. Each lecture is then a page in the tab. (Notebooks are listed down the left side, tabs across the top and pages down the right side). The topic of each lecture is on the tab, so it makes studying easy and everything in the notebook is searchable, whether it's text from my teacher's powerpoint file or something I wrote with my tablet pen.
    Thanks a bunch. Now, is this something that's worth working with using a laptop that does NOT have touchscreen or the pen you use? I think I will try the trial version and see if it's something I can use on top of my Pulse pen. If not, then I'll just stick with the PUlse, since I learn best by writing. Thanks!!!
  13. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from MystyqueOne
    Thanks a bunch. Now, is this something that's worth working with using a laptop that does NOT have touchscreen or the pen you use? I think I will try the trial version and see if it's something I can use on top of my Pulse pen. If not, then I'll just stick with the PUlse, since I learn best by writing. Thanks!!!
    Absolutely. I'd say that half the time I write my notes and half the time I type....really it depends on the lecture topic (ie are there a lot of diagrams, or symbols like in chemistry or math?) as well as the lecturer (I prefer writing my notes, but type much faster than I write, so if there's a lot to get down, I just type).

    Hope this helps!

    Peace,
    CuriousMe

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