Education Question

Macdude2010

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Hello,

I have a little bit of a dilemma on my hands put first let me give you some background information, I will be going into high school next year, and due to me having a few minor disorders (dyspraxia is the main reason for this), I type all of my projects, notes, essays, etc. I used my 2009 MacBook Pro (that I bought myself when I was 11) for school 2 years ago, but in April of 2011, I bought my first iPad, I continued to use my MacBook Pro until the end of my school year. This year however, I used my iPad for everything, and besides the 5 or 6 times I had to bring in my Pro(which is getting to be very slow at doing even the simple things), I also sold my iPad 2 for the iPad 3 when it came out, and I really like it except for the dilemma.

Here is where the dilemma begins, unfortunately I am keep going through iPads because of dead pixels (and my current one has a hair under the screen.) I also have just lost every single document on my iPad and in iCloud with only a little hope of getting it back (apple engineers are working on it), so I have been thinking about maybe returning my iPad under the 14 days and wait for the Ivy Bridge Airs. This is my question, since I will be doing a lot more documents and typing next year, would it be sensible to keep my iPad for school or switch to the 11 inch Air? I sometimes use my bluetooth keyboard with my iPad, but most of the time I try to use the software keyboard(slower on the software one then on the normal one and sometimes make mistakes), I also don't know what the situation will be with getting the documents to the teachers, this year my teachers have been really nice and just let me either email the document or they just look at it. What would you recommend for me to use for next year?
 

WSR

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The MBA would give you the most flexibility.

Especially if you think you want the iPad, check with your high school before committing yourself. If the high school is using sites like MyMathLab for their math homework, you will almost certainly need the MBA. Sites like MyMathLab use Flash and that could be a problem on the iPad, but you could also ask if they have had any students use an iPad with the site.

On the writing side, note that it's possible that you might have to submit paper through a site like TurnItIn.com with checks for plagiarism. This could be a problem on the iPad since I think you have to submit the paper through it's website and you can't email it to them and Safari on iPad might not be able to access data from other apps.

Thus, the MBA would be the safest option.
 

Macdude2010

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Thank you for the advice, I do have to think this over more, and hopefully I can get more advice from here, any input is much appreciated.
 

palpatine

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i prefer the ipad to the mbp for writing, and i write for a living. however, there are certain limitations you may want to consider. some of them will be unique to each situation.

in general, though, if you can work in plain text (perhaps with multi-markup) then you will love it. if you have to work with formatting, it can be done, but not quite as well as with the macbook air (pages is probably the best, because you get footnote capabilities).

as for loss of data, that should never happen. if you are using elements, plaintext, simplenote, voodoopad, evernote, or any number of other programs (again, mainly plain text) then you have backups in dropbox, on amazon servers, and hopefully on a home computer synced with dropbox. it is actually quite difficult to truly lose information. i don't like icloud and avoid it whenever possible. as with so many apple things, it doesn't play well with others. here are some links to get you started.

http://www.princeton.edu/~cmayo/writingipad.html
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/the-5-best-writing-apps-for-the-ipad.html
http://www.janet.tokerud.com/writing-on-mac-ipad-iphone-best-apps/
 
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