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likemyorbs
Jul 27, 2010, 09:02 PM
Hey guys and gals. I'm a 21 year old college student, I go to community college and absolutely adore my iPad. I take it to class with me during this summer semester and take all my notes on Pages. I haven't really tried any other school related apps. Also, what are you guys doing about getting textbooks onto the iPad? This is something i haven't done this semester because the iPad was just too new and not many people knew much about it yet. But for the fall I would love to get all my textbooks on the iPad, how will this be possible? Especially with multitasking in iOS 4, the iPad will be every students dream. No more carrying around heavy books. Any app and textbook suggestions? What do you guys do with your iPads in school?



GadgetGeek71
Jul 27, 2010, 09:07 PM
Hey guys and gals. I'm a 21 year old college student, I go to community college and absolutely adore my iPad. I take it to class with me during this summer semester and take all my notes on Pages. I haven't really tried any other school related apps. Also, what are you guys doing about getting textbooks onto the iPad? This is something i haven't done this semester because the iPad was just too new and not many people knew much about it yet. But for the fall I would love to get all my textbooks on the iPad, how will this be possible? Especially with multitasking in iOS 4, the iPad will be every students dream. No more carrying around heavy books. Any app and textbook suggestions? What do you guys do with your iPads in school?

You'll have to contact your school's bookstore to see if they're available. I find GoodReader and Docs To Go the most used iPad apps for school. I also use Dropbox and EverNote. I do see the iPad (or tablet) as a textbook(s) replacement. Imagine carrying around just your iPad....

holyjohn
Jul 27, 2010, 09:14 PM
To OP: how do you take notes at school? By typing? I tried to use Pogo stylus and it's very clumsy one to write notes. And typing is not as fast as the keyboard. Please share us some of your know-how's on taking notes as well! :)

GadgetGeek71
Jul 27, 2010, 09:16 PM
Try the iPad dock with BT keyboard...very compact.

likemyorbs
Jul 27, 2010, 09:21 PM
To OP: how do you take notes at school? By typing? I tried to use Pogo stylus and it's very clumsy one to write notes. And typing is not as fast as the keyboard. Please share us some of your know-how's on taking notes as well! :)

Honestly i just type, but only in landscape mode. I've learned to love the touch screen keyboard because at landscape size its almost the size of a regular laptop keyboard. And spell check pretty much fixes most errors you make so i dont have to go back and delete very often. I wouldnt even attempt a stylus for writing, doesn't seem practical. The touch keyboard takes a little getting used to, but once get used to it its like second nature.

likemyorbs
Jul 27, 2010, 09:24 PM
Try the iPad dock with BT keyboard...very compact.

I considered that at first, but i'd be more likely to do it if apple had a dock connector on the side of the ipad as well as the bottom, so you can use it in landscape mode. I'm not a big fan of portrait mode in general, i do almost everything in landscape other than reading forums or news articles.

leomac08
Jul 27, 2010, 10:03 PM
When I'm not listening to lecture, I'm either in facebook or macrumors....:D

I love this iPad... I don't need to print and staple 50 pages to make a study guide when I have an iPad to stare at!:)

EthanNixon
Jul 27, 2010, 10:13 PM
RIght now I am using Evernote, but I may replace it with Pages. I do have both apps, so we will see when I start college back up in September.

I find typing on the iPad to be just as quick as a regular keyboard if it is propped at the right angle.

saberahul
Jul 27, 2010, 10:28 PM
Hey guys and gals. I'm a 21 year old college student, I go to community college and absolutely adore my iPad. I take it to class with me during this summer semester and take all my notes on Pages. I haven't really tried any other school related apps. Also, what are you guys doing about getting textbooks onto the iPad? This is something i haven't done this semester because the iPad was just too new and not many people knew much about it yet. But for the fall I would love to get all my textbooks on the iPad, how will this be possible? Especially with multitasking in iOS 4, the iPad will be every students dream. No more carrying around heavy books. Any app and textbook suggestions? What do you guys do with your iPads in school?

Try Notepad Pro I think. I prefer writing but haven't tried a pen for iPad yet. I'm decent at typing and would prefer to do that along with audio recording.

BTW, your signature should have a ";" (semicolon) after "iPad 16GB" instead of "," (comma).

NeuralControl
Jul 27, 2010, 10:43 PM
I'm still contemplating whether or not I should purchase an iPad. I feel like it would be a great asset for university. However, an app like Pages would not suffice. I'd need to supplement it with a pen-input app. Drawing molecular and cell structures, vector diagrams, and even annotating PowerPoint slides isn't possible in Pages.
Has anyone had any luck with such an app to supplement Pages?

likemyorbs
Jul 27, 2010, 10:47 PM
BTW, your signature should have a ";" (semicolon) after "iPad 16GB" instead of "," (comma).

haha thanks, fixed it

likemyorbs
Jul 27, 2010, 10:50 PM
I'm still contemplating whether or not I should purchase an iPad. I feel like it would be a great asset for university. However, an app like Pages would not suffice. I'd need to supplement it with a pen-input app. Drawing molecular and cell structures, vector diagrams, and even annotating PowerPoint slides isn't possible in Pages.
Has anyone had any luck with such an app to supplement Pages?

what i always do is google the diagrams i need and copy and paste them into pages. that way i dont have to draw anything and i have a perfect labeled diagram from the internet

KandyKane
Jul 27, 2010, 11:05 PM
I love my iPad at Uni. In the middle of a lecture, my lecturer came over and had a look at my text book on the iPad.

Some textbooks are available on the Kindle app, but I got frustrated as some of the textbooks are only available for the Kindle and not Kindle for iPad/iPhone/Mac (plus it formats them funny so you don't have the correct page number)... So GoodReader & Google are your friends ;)
I don't take notes on it though as scientific notation and equations are too hard to input quick enough, but it's great not having to carry several textbooks that weigh about 3-4kgs each.

NeuralControl
Jul 27, 2010, 11:11 PM
what i always do is google the diagrams i need and copy and paste them into pages. that way i dont have to draw anything and i have a perfect labeled diagram from the internet

Isn't that a tremendous amount of work? Can you elaborate some more, because I think I missed what you were saying. Are you referring to diagrams in the textbooks you don't have on the iPad, or lecture slides posted by your professors?

epi117
Jul 27, 2010, 11:19 PM
My son is a junior in college and uses soundpaper all the time. I also use it for meetings.

NeuralControl
Jul 27, 2010, 11:26 PM
How do you like it?

still in school
Jul 27, 2010, 11:42 PM
I love my iPad at Uni. In the middle of a lecture, my lecturer came over and had a look at my text book on the iPad.

Some textbooks are available on the Kindle app, but I got frustrated as some of the textbooks are only available for the Kindle and not Kindle for iPad/iPhone/Mac (plus it formats them funny so you don't have the correct page number)... So GoodReader & Google are your friends ;)
I don't take notes on it though as scientific notation and equations are too hard to input quick enough, but it's great not having to carry several textbooks that weigh about 3-4kgs each.

expand on this please? :)

epi117
Jul 28, 2010, 12:11 AM
How do you like it?

I like sound paper because i can take notes while recording the meeting, than i can go back, highlight the words i typed and it automatically adjust the sound file to what the speaker was saying when you typed the notes. I find it really usefull in meetings.

KandyKane
Jul 28, 2010, 12:32 AM
expand on this please? :)

I think talking about it is frowned upon on here, but it's amazing that there are people who spend insane amounts of time scanning 1500 page textbooks onto .pdf files :D

My physics text book from 7th Edition to 8th Edition is exactly the same with the exception of the problems, so if you took the course twice, you'd have to buy the textbook twice to have the right problems to answer!! Prevents us from buying second hand as well... Grrr Textbook manufacturers, they should be happy with charging $250 for the stupid book once.
I'm poor, i quit my job for Uni and spent all my money on my iPad :)

EricAmsterdam
Jul 28, 2010, 02:37 AM
Readdledocs is also a good app to carry PDF en textfiles with you.
Plus over Goodreader is that you can make annotations and hightlight text.

iCheddar
Jul 28, 2010, 02:40 AM
I juggle a few different apps to keep myself organized.

I use Pages if I'm working on a paper. DocumentsToGo Premium for class notes, Evernote for all other notes, Things for task management and to dos, and Goodreader for document storage.

afireintonto
Jul 28, 2010, 02:43 AM
My son is a junior in college and uses soundpaper all the time. I also use it for meetings.

I also use sound paper for my lectures. Its beautiful. So easy to use, I love it.
I'm hoping there's gonna be some textbooks in the iBook store soon. But no one knows. Id kill to be able to have all my books on the ipad. Id be able to study anywhere, and all the time.

Icewind
Jul 28, 2010, 03:48 AM
I'm still contemplating whether or not I should purchase an iPad. I feel like it would be a great asset for university. However, an app like Pages would not suffice. I'd need to supplement it with a pen-input app. Drawing molecular and cell structures, vector diagrams, and even annotating PowerPoint slides isn't possible in Pages.
Has anyone had any luck with such an app to supplement Pages?

Have a look at Noterize app... It's cheap, records audio which gets attached to individual notes and also allows you to scribble some diagrams with your finger. I bought it on Monday and haven't stopped using it yet.

Zcott
Jul 28, 2010, 04:53 AM
I think talking about it is frowned upon on here, but it's amazing that there are people who spend insane amounts of time scanning 1500 page textbooks onto .pdf files :D

+1 internets for you, sir!

afireintonto
Jul 28, 2010, 05:17 AM
I think talking about it is frowned upon on here, but it's amazing that there are people who spend insane amounts of time scanning 1500 page textbooks onto .pdf files :D



problem is actually finding any....

any suggestions?

mrathee
Jul 28, 2010, 08:58 AM
I considered that at first, but i'd be more likely to do it if apple had a dock connector on the side of the ipad as well as the bottom, so you can use it in landscape mode. I'm not a big fan of portrait mode in general, i do almost everything in landscape other than reading forums or news articles.

Agreed - I picked up my iPad on day one and was typing away as if I had one for years. It really isn't that different from a regular keyboard. Using the iPhone for a year got me used to typing without tactile feedback, so that sensation wasn't a new issue to slow me down.

I would assume that you could contact book publishers/retailers for PDF copies. I was noticing a lot of PDF/Digital textbooks when I was a freshman in 2006 - so assuming that developed further, there should be many more options. (If you look for them)

evilgreg
Jul 28, 2010, 10:13 AM
This is a great thread.

I tried out Noterize, and I would definitely recommend NOT getting this app. It crashes, feels bloated (especially when working with larger PDF's) and did I mention crashes? Yeah, it crashed on me a lot. waste of $2.99.

I'm going to give sound paper a try.

likemyorbs
Jul 28, 2010, 11:01 AM
This is a great thread.

I tried out Noterize, and I would definitely recommend NOT getting this app. It crashes, feels bloated (especially when working with larger PDF's) and did I mention crashes? Yeah, it crashed on me a lot. waste of $2.99.

I'm going to give sound paper a try.

Yes a lot of people definitely seem to be saying good things about sound paper, and the name sounds cool too lol. I think ill go ahead and get that

likemyorbs
Jul 28, 2010, 11:12 AM
Isn't that a tremendous amount of work? Can you elaborate some more, because I think I missed what you were saying. Are you referring to diagrams in the textbooks you don't have on the iPad, or lecture slides posted by your professors?

Both, most things the professor draws would be on google images. at least in my case. i guess it depends on what you're studying.

Edmoil12
Jul 28, 2010, 11:19 AM
I think talking about it is frowned upon on here, but it's amazing that there are people who spend insane amounts of time scanning 1500 page textbooks onto .pdf files :D

My physics text book from 7th Edition to 8th Edition is exactly the same with the exception of the problems, so if you took the course twice, you'd have to buy the textbook twice to have the right problems to answer!! Prevents us from buying second hand as well... Grrr Textbook manufacturers, they should be happy with charging $250 for the stupid book once.
I'm poor, i quit my job for Uni and spent all my money on my iPad :)

problem is actually finding any....

any suggestions?

I don't think you got the hidden message from KandyKane so I will spell it out for you:

TORRENT! :cool:

Raikun
Jul 28, 2010, 11:44 AM
I don't think you got the hidden message from KandyKane so I will spell it out for you:

TORRENT! :cool:

Duh? He meant finding the torrents in the first place

vastoholic
Jul 28, 2010, 01:19 PM
Just PM someone. It's frowned upon to talk about openly so don't try to get anyone in trouble. Just use a PM.

CristobalHuet
Jul 28, 2010, 01:41 PM
This is a great thread.

I tried out Noterize, and I would definitely recommend NOT getting this app. It crashes, feels bloated (especially when working with larger PDF's) and did I mention crashes? Yeah, it crashed on me a lot. waste of $2.99.

I'm going to give sound paper a try.

Complete opposite for me...one of the best decisions I made was to buy Noterize, brilliant app, hasn't crashed on me once...love cloud and draw/audio support too.

iStudiez Pro is a must...the best and only agenda you'll ever need on iPad. Costs 2.99 - have a look!

iDraft is awesome for drawing too, it kept me from buying Penultimatr.

All in all...Noterize, Pages, GoodReader, Dropbox, iStudiez Pro, iDraft will allow me to go paperless (or I'll try, at least) next semester.

kaiak
Jul 28, 2010, 03:17 PM
I love, and swear by, iStudiez Pro. Try the Lite version first... my sister has the Pro app and, for some reason, just hates it.

You should also try Sundry Notes. It's a full feature note-taking system, with Pro features with Penultimate and Sound Paper, but it's free. :)

keyofnight
Jul 28, 2010, 04:22 PM
I'm not sure about most of the apps out there—or the apps people have mentioned. The one app that is getting be through grad school is Papers (http://mekentosj.com/papers/ipad/)—it organizes and views academic articles.

I don't use note taking applications (I don't type notes), but CourseNotes seems nice enough.

Ciclismo
Jul 29, 2010, 04:08 AM
Complete opposite for me...one of the best decisions I made was to buy Noterize, brilliant app, hasn't crashed on me once...love cloud and draw/audio support too.

iStudiez Pro is a must...the best and only agenda you'll ever need on iPad. Costs 2.99 - have a look!


Seconded on the Notarize and seconded on the iStudiez Pro. On the latter I miss having a week overview, but to their credit I mentioned this on their blog and they replied (withina day!) that this will be featured on their next update.

Another thing that I find indispensable is the access to news - such as the WSJ, Stern, Die Welt etc. (my minor is poitics, so I need to stay on top of current political events).

Now when it comes to word processors - is there an alternative to pages that does do word-counts:confused: That is the one must have that I cannot do without. Suggestions welcome!

ModestForumName
Aug 2, 2010, 02:17 PM
I'm prospective as well and i was wondering if anyone had some good opinions on Penultimate? something better out there?

holyjohn
Aug 2, 2010, 02:51 PM
Saw some replies regarding to Noterize... I purchased one a week ago and find it very good for especially people with stylus. The app is however very lagging but i hope this will be improved in the future.

Another good study app i ran into was Flashcards. Awesome interfaces and lots of shared study flash cards. I think i will be using Flashcards more than Noterize.

csjo00
Aug 2, 2010, 03:27 PM
Although I don't have an iPad, but I'm planning on getting one for college, I felt like I should put in my two sense about iStudiez.. I love it. I've recommended it for all of my friends that have iPhones.

RR1818
Aug 2, 2010, 06:43 PM
Does iStudiez sync between iPhone and iPad ala MobileMe? If not, sticking to the regular calendar that syncs between all my devices is best for me.

Germwise
Aug 2, 2010, 08:44 PM
Why would you spend 5 bucks on sound paper when ever note does the same thing and is free. Evernote has tons of functionality and is indispensable for me.I'm a grad student btw

RR1818
Aug 2, 2010, 09:00 PM
Why would you spend 5 bucks on sound paper when ever note does the same thing and is free. Evernote has tons of functionality and is indispensable for me.I'm a grad student btw

I didn't think Evernote had the ability to record all the audio in the background while you typed notes, like Sound Paper does.

funkyc
Aug 3, 2010, 01:03 AM
how is the sound quality like when using these sound recording things built into the note taking programs?

can u hear ur lecturers clearly? does it pick up all the sounds as in shuffling papers etc or is it pretty focused? and where exactly is the microphone on an ipad and how can the quality be improved?

i don't have an ipad yet but am considering getting one as it sounds great to be able to record lectures while taking notes at the same time....

thanks for any info! :cool:

AppleKash
Aug 3, 2010, 06:18 AM
Very cool. I'm 25 (in graduate school) and also love the heck out of my iPad! Pages is great, but I like to use the wireless keyboard... It's usually in my backpack anyways, while my apple case is holding the iPad in landscape mode.

About books, well it just depends if there is an e-version of the book, I have even found class texts on kindle and so forth. I agree with you, it would be fantastic to have all my books in the iPad! I hate lugging around ten books per a class and I'm taking three classes in the fall..eek!

How's Papers?

seajay96
Aug 3, 2010, 07:50 AM
handwriting apps: I'm a fast typer (60-70wpm), but I find I can still input data faster and retain the knowledge in my memory better if I actually write it down old school style. So, this was the first type of app I looked for when I got my iPad. I've tried almost every one in the app store and here is a quick review of the ones I didn't delete immediately for being awful...btw, I use a pogo sketch and after getting used to the different feel from a pencil, I think it works great, although I would prefer it to be a little longer, fatter and heftier (like an actual pen); the fat tip doesn't present any problems because the software translates pretty well to a fine tip.

All of these can organize by file name (class name) and have multiple pages per file. All can share in some fashion. And, except Penultimate, all can combine text, handwriting and drawings together.

1. Notes Plus: My favorite, I like the zoom function that allows you to write with finger or stylus and it reduces the size to the writing surface; the zoom box auto advances on the line and to the next line. With this zoom box, I can put the same amount of data on one page as I can on a standard paper notebook page. Accepts keyboard inputs and exports to email or pdf. What I don't like: the erase function, it erases by event, not like a normal eraser, so you will erase an entire word when you only want to erase the "s" at the end. No audio record, no bookmarks.

2. Noterize: not bad, I like the quick change options for pen, highlighter and eraser, also does keyboard input and audio recording. But, it doesn't reduce the size of your text like Notes Plus and I can't get as much data on a single page. It has a share function with dropbox, google, email and PDF support.

2. Note Taker HD: (yep, tied with Noterize IMHO) A lot of the same zoom functionality as Notes Plus, but too many confusing controls on the screen. I prefer a simple UI.

3. smartNote: not bad, but zoom function is only useful for adding details to drawings, not for writing notes in class. Too many useless graphics (notebook cover, wallpaper, etc.). Does have a lot better interfaces for sharing, widgets for adding things like a cartesian plane, etc...This would be my favorite if it had the zoom function for getting more on a single page.

4. Penultimate: the page size is too small for the pen size...you just can't get as much data on one page as I would like. No audio, no keyboard input. A lot of hype, but ultimately bottom of the barrel for taking notes in class.


If you like handwriting recognition, WritePad works great. It either translates your handwriting to text or accepts keyboard inputs

Ultimately, I use a combination of Notes Plus and WritePad (French). I've deleted the rest from my iPad.

funkyc
Aug 3, 2010, 08:26 AM
thanks seajay96, that was helpful

is noterize the only one on your list that shares with something like dropbox or do the others do that too?

that is the most useful function to me as i'll just be typing notes and possibly recording lectures but saving onto something like dropbox would be handy so i can keep my files in sync with my mbp at home

seajay96
Aug 3, 2010, 08:39 AM
thanks seajay96, that was helpful

is noterize the only one on your list that shares with something like dropbox or do the others do that too?

As far as I can tell, just Noterize has that.

TOYSTER17
Aug 10, 2010, 12:54 AM
how is the sound quality like when using these sound recording things built into the note taking programs?

can u hear ur lecturers clearly? does it pick up all the sounds as in shuffling papers etc or is it pretty focused? and where exactly is the microphone on an ipad and how can the quality be improved?

i don't have an ipad yet but am considering getting one as it sounds great to be able to record lectures while taking notes at the same time....

thanks for any info! :cool:

bump

blokey
Aug 10, 2010, 01:08 AM
bump

I find the microphone on the iPad to be pretty crummy, but it should pick up your professor's voice. I haven't tried it out in class yet as I just bought Noterize yesterday - but I might do some experimentation tomorrow with my own voice walking around the house testing voice levels at various distances. I'll have to post my findings if other people don't give their opinions.

On another note, I need to decide what case will be best for typing and note-taking - I'm currently looking at the Chinao Slim Line, Yoobao Magic Case, and the M-Edge Executive Folio. Has anyone had experience typing with these cases in class/time structured environments?

ajones46
Aug 10, 2010, 01:35 AM
This thread is great. Genius works, but nothing beats a humans review. Have tried Notarize and for me it works great. Took a long while to import a 900 page PDF but once it was on, everything was a okay, not buggy at all. Only thing i don't like about Notarize is the inability to import MS Office and iWork files. Anyone know a workaround?

defer09
Aug 11, 2010, 03:03 AM
I think talking about it is frowned upon on here, but it's amazing that there are people who spend insane amounts of time scanning 1500 page textbooks onto .pdf files :D

My physics text book from 7th Edition to 8th Edition is exactly the same with the exception of the problems, so if you took the course twice, you'd have to buy the textbook twice to have the right problems to answer!! Prevents us from buying second hand as well... Grrr Textbook manufacturers, they should be happy with charging $250 for the stupid book once.
I'm poor, i quit my job for Uni and spent all my money on my iPad :)

i cant seem to find any

Mitchrapp
Aug 11, 2010, 04:24 AM
This Might seem like a silly question but this month I'm heading back to get my Masters, 44 years old, so it's been awhile. But I have a recording device, a nice one to drown out back sounds. My thought was to get the professors thoughts, my thoughts and transcribe it to my PC with some fancy software.

Is there an app that does something like this for the iPad, transcribe? Silly probably but I'm curious. Thanks for any help.

Briview
Aug 11, 2010, 07:42 AM
This thread is great. Genius works, but nothing beats a humans review. Have tried Notarize and for me it works great. Took a long while to import a 900 page PDF but once it was on, everything was a okay, not buggy at all. Only thing i don't like about Notarize is the inability to import MS Office and iWork files. Anyone know a workaround?

This is a pretty simple workaround, but iWork files and MS Office files can be transformed from any format that they are into PDFs and then imported. Nothing special... and I bet you've already thought about that, but just in case... it's pretty much the only way.

Briview
Aug 11, 2010, 03:00 PM
IMO, Noterize is still the best lecture/auditorium/classroom experience, but of course, this differs on what type of courses you're taking (art vs. biz vs. math, etc.)

thanks seajay96, that was helpful

is noterize the only one on your list that shares with something like dropbox or do the others do that too?

that is the most useful function to me as i'll just be typing notes and possibly recording lectures but saving onto something like dropbox would be handy so i can keep my files in sync with my mbp at home

As far as I can tell, just Noterize has that.

No, there is also Sundry Notes, which features Dropbox integration and is free.

checor
Sep 26, 2010, 07:03 AM
I just joined Macrumors so maybe that's why but I can't seem to ind any way to PM people here. I'm really curious as to the sources for these books as well.... Can/will anyone help?

Deamos
Sep 26, 2010, 07:19 AM
Here is how I use my iPad at my local state college.

1: Goodreader - This thing has been my salvation for pdfs / textbooks. If you can't get your textbooks in PDF, then there is still always the Nook software, CourseSmart, Inkling (nice books, small collection), etc.

2: Evernote - I use this to read my notes, not write them. I hate the fact that Evernote isn't using real text input. However, for organizing and reading it is a bowl of win. Which leads me to my next part...

3: Pages: While not the best text/word processor, it does allow for writing bullet lists which I take my notes in. After finishing with a chapter's note, I email the completed document in PDF to my Evernote email address which places the note in my Evernote notebook.

4: JotNot Pro (iPhone) - I use this to "scan" documents and forward the compiled PDF to Evernote. This allows me to keep important tests for review on hand if I need it. If I want to make annotations, I've been sending the PDF out of JotNot Pro to Dropbox and then forwarding the it on to Noterize via Goodreader. Afterwards, I take the annotated pdf from Noterize and email it on to Evernote. You don't need to use JotNot Pro if you don't have an iPhone. A scanner works just as well or any of the other "scanner" apps for the iPhone if you have one.

5: Dropbox - Essential..absolutely... This works as a great medium for those documents that you need to move around, but don't feel like syncing your iPad to a computer to get them on there. Just place it in your Dropbox and go.

6:Wolfram Alpha - Really Good Program for figuring out those hard to do math problems or getting a clue on what you are doing wrong. I've used it for Calculus and Trig and never have been steered wrong.

7:Todo by Appigo - Awesome Todo app for the iPad. It has been keeping me on task and organized so that I can get things done.

Major thing is workflow. Found that once you have how you are going to do things, the iPad becomes much more useful for schooling.

SteveKnobs
Sep 26, 2010, 10:04 AM
That's a great list Deamos- but you should totally check out iStudiez Pro. It looks cool, and functions great.

lilo777
Sep 26, 2010, 11:23 AM
Here is how I use my iPad at my local state college.

1: Goodreader - This thing has been my salvation for pdfs / textbooks. If you can't get your textbooks in PDF, then there is still always the Nook software, CourseSmart, Inkling (nice books, small collection), etc.

2: Evernote - I use this to read my notes, not write them. I hate the fact that Evernote isn't using real text input. However, for organizing and reading it is a bowl of win. Which leads me to my next part...

3: Pages: While not the best text/word processor, it does allow for writing bullet lists which I take my notes in. After finishing with a chapter's note, I email the completed document in PDF to my Evernote email address which places the note in my Evernote notebook.

4: JotNot Pro (iPhone) - I use this to "scan" documents and forward the compiled PDF to Evernote. This allows me to keep important tests for review on hand if I need it. If I want to make annotations, I've been sending the PDF out of JotNot Pro to Dropbox and then forwarding the it on to Noterize via Goodreader. Afterwards, I take the annotated pdf from Noterize and email it on to Evernote. You don't need to use JotNot Pro if you don't have an iPhone. A scanner works just as well or any of the other "scanner" apps for the iPhone if you have one.

5: Dropbox - Essential..absolutely... This works as a great medium for those documents that you need to move around, but don't feel like syncing your iPad to a computer to get them on there. Just place it in your Dropbox and go.

6:Wolfram Alpha - Really Good Program for figuring out those hard to do math problems or getting a clue on what you are doing wrong. I've used it for Calculus and Trig and never have been steered wrong.

7:Todo by Appigo - Awesome Todo app for the iPad. It has been keeping me on task and organized so that I can get things done.

Major thing is workflow. Found that once you have how you are going to do things, the iPad becomes much more useful for schooling.

That's a lot of tools. But still, it does look to me that all these things could be done on netbook much easier and some tools (like Dropbox) are just substitutions for missing features.

SteveKnobs
Sep 26, 2010, 11:47 AM
That's a lot of tools. But still, it does look to me that all these things could be done on netbook much easier and some tools (like Dropbox) are just substitutions for missing features.

All of these things could be done on a sh*tbook I mean netbook. But we got the iPad for a reason, and it does the "work" stuff just fine, and the "play" stuff even better. It wasnt intended to be a production device, remember? It was meant as a media consumption device- and I think apps like those listed above help achieve a good balance. My opinion of course ;)

Deamos
Sep 27, 2010, 06:38 AM
That's a great list Deamos- but you should totally check out iStudiez Pro. It looks cool, and functions great.

Looks pretty nice. I would get it, but I'm already using google cal + todo to handle all my scheduling. Also, both are really nice for syncing with my macbook which displays my stuff on Geektool on my mounted HDTV.

PhelpsiPhan
Sep 27, 2010, 07:03 AM
problem is actually finding any....

any suggestions?

There is a very popular website, had some legal issues a little while ago....

Deamos
Sep 27, 2010, 07:18 AM
There is a very popular website, had some legal issues a little while ago....

It's unfortunate that it is so hard to get good priced eTextbooks that isn't like a rental or tied to a specific application. My college is in talks right now in moving to 100% eTexts in pdf form so that it can be used on any device for about $30 a class per semester. Hopefully it works out and becomes a good model for other colleges to follow.

Heres a link to a blog covering the plans for our school to change to ebooks.
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/09/03/daytona

saberahul
Sep 27, 2010, 07:23 AM
It's unfortunate that it is so hard to get good priced eTextbooks that isn't like a rental or tied to a specific application. My college is in talks right now in moving to 100% eTexts in pdf form so that it can be used on any device for about $30 a class per semester. Hopefully it works out and becomes a good model for other colleges to follow.

Heres a link to a blog covering the plans for our school to change to ebooks.
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/09/03/daytona

Yaa lot of colleges are planning on doing this. Will be a nice add on.

Dharma32
Sep 27, 2010, 09:10 AM
If you looking for school related iPad apps check out ProfHacker. Its a blog on the Chronicle of Higher Education website. Though some apps are more for professors they do highlight apps that students would find useful.

http://chronicle.com/blog/profhacker/27/

SteveKnobs
Sep 27, 2010, 09:42 AM
It's unfortunate that it is so hard to get good priced eTextbooks that isn't like a rental or tied to a specific application. My college is in talks right now in moving to 100% eTexts in pdf form so that it can be used on any device for about $30 a class per semester. Hopefully it works out and becomes a good model for other colleges to follow.

Heres a link to a blog covering the plans for our school to change to ebooks.
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/09/03/daytona

I really don't see this happening, at least not for $30. The textbook companies need to make their money, and college bookstores need to make their's too. I could see them being offered for half- price maybe. So what, that put's us at $100 these days?

M-5
Sep 27, 2010, 10:10 AM
I really don't see this happening, at least not for $30. The textbook companies need to make their money, and college bookstores need to make their's too. I could see them being offered for half- price maybe. So what, that put's us at $100 these days?

I think $100 is still way too much. Well I suppose it depends on what the price of the book is, since most of my books aren't $200.

The reason why I think eBooks should be a lot cheaper than the real version is that publishers don't have to pay to actually produce a physical copy/ship it etc.

The reason why eBooks are often not cost-effective is because publishers usually think they can sell them at just slightly cheaper or even the same price as their physical copies. But why would I buy an eBook which I wouldn't be able to sell back to someone else to get at least some of my money back?

They should charge rental prices of the books for their eBooks. It would be neat if there was a "rental period" similar to Apple's movie rentals but for books that you could rent for a semester.

So you have:
- New Physical Textbook: Buy at full price, sell back at highest price
- Used Physical Textbook: Buy at discounted price, sell back at slightly lower price
- Rented Physical Textbook: Buy at (hopefully a more) discounted price, can't sell back.
- eBooks: hopefully the prices of a rental since you can't sell back.

SteveKnobs
Sep 27, 2010, 11:49 AM
I think $100 is still way too much. Well I suppose it depends on what the price of the book is, since most of my books aren't $200.

The reason why I think eBooks should be a lot cheaper than the real version is that publishers don't have to pay to actually produce a physical copy/ship it etc.

The reason why eBooks are often not cost-effective is because publishers usually think they can sell them at just slightly cheaper or even the same price as their physical copies. But why would I buy an eBook which I wouldn't be able to sell back to someone else to get at least some of my money back?

They should charge rental prices of the books for their eBooks. It would be neat if there was a "rental period" similar to Apple's movie rentals but for books that you could rent for a semester.

So you have:
- New Physical Textbook: Buy at full price, sell back at highest price
- Used Physical Textbook: Buy at discounted price, sell back at slightly lower price
- Rented Physical Textbook: Buy at (hopefully a more) discounted price, can't sell back.
- eBooks: hopefully the prices of a rental since you can't sell back.

I'm digging this idea, but I rented an etextbook from course smart this semester, and it was was still only $50 cheaper than the physical copy. I think this "revolution" of etexts is still way to new, as very students have an iPad, net book, etc. Textbooks companies, like the television and movie companies, are still a little bit wary of how big digital, portable media will be. I'm sure things will only get better for us iPadders as time moves forward, but are options are going to be limited for quite sometime.

tills24
Oct 7, 2010, 04:30 PM
I'm digging this idea, but I rented an etextbook from course smart this semester, and it was was still only $50 cheaper than the physical copy. I think this "revolution" of etexts is still way to new, as very students have an iPad, net book, etc. Textbooks companies, like the television and movie companies, are still a little bit wary of how big digital, portable media will be. I'm sure things will only get better for us iPadders as time moves forward, but are options are going to be limited for quite sometime.

I'm a night student who's going to get an iPad to replace text's and use in class, and I would hope that the text companies learn the lessons from the music and movie companies. Overcharge, and people will just find free ways to get your product. Charge a reasonable rate, and people will pay. $1 for a song in iTunes is reasonable. A $50 price reduction on an eText isn't.