Last month, when I went to meet the teachers night at school, our Elementary School talked about several of the teachers who used iPads in their classes. At the time, I wasn't sure whether I was happy or disappointed that my little girls' class did not use an iPad in the classroom. Even though she is only in Kindergarten, I know that electronic devices will need to be a part of her life. Again...should I be happy or sad?
Well, I think that my views have changed after talking to my intern, a Senior at Mary Washington University, and how she uses her iPad to stay organized with her classes, projects, reports and papers. While this may not apply to your children that are in Elementary or Middle School, I do think that a lot of what she shared could be beneficial if you have a High School student, or, have a student headed off to college soon. So...here it is!
"I never thought that using an iPad to stay organized would be so beneficial as a college student", said Caroline Frantz, senior at UMW. Here are my top five reasons that I love my 16BG iPad mini with the wifi plan to stay organized.
1. It is saving my back...literally! Using the iPad to stay organized makes my backpack lighter. Downloading textbooks onto a tablet is so much easier than a physical textbook. Each physical textbook adds another 2-3 pounds to my backpack. Electronic books add no weight to my 0.69 lb iPad.
2. The Highlighter feature. Read an important sentence? Just run your finger over it and Boom...it is highlighted. And, you aren't left looking for the lid of the highlighter that has dropped onto the floor or under the couch.
3. The Notes feature. Instead of trying to write in the tiny margin of my books, with the iPad, I can touch the place that I want to add a note and type out everything I need and want to say. I now have:
- All annotations in one spot - This is amazingly helpful for studying for tests or writing a paper. The program automatically gathers all of your annotations that you have made throughout the book into one spot that you can scroll through easily and quickly.
- Define - Casually reading and then all of the sudden the word "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis" comes up? What in the world? With the iPad, I can simply hold down on the word and an option to define it will come up...it's a lung disease, by the way.
4. The Search feature. It always happens...the professor says that "bank barns" will be on the next test, but when he/she was going over it in class, that just happened to be the one moment that four squirrels all decided to dance around outside of the window. With the Search feature, there isn't a problem! I just go to my electronic textbook and type the words "bank barns" into the search bar. Never again do I have to flip through 300 pages to fine one term or quote.
5. I can get more done. Not only does having a tablet make reading a book a lot faster and easier, but it also makes taking notes effortless.
- When I use my iPad, I can type just as fast as I can on a computer, which means I can type fast enough so that I get all of the information before the professor changes the slide. It also means that I have the time to add additional notes to each slide.
It is pretty amazing how one little piece of technology can help keep me (and you) organized.
Staying organized is easier when you find tools that allow you to save time and focused. I don't believe that electronics or technology is always the answer, but I think that Caroline's tips could be helpful to your child/student.
I'd love to hear how your child uses an iPad to stay organized!