Note Sharing in Class is sweet with Bonjour...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by whw5, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. whw5 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2004
    While sitting in AP world history class yesterday, I realized something. There was another person showing up in Bonjour even though I wasn't connected to a wireless network. It was my friend sitting on the other side of the room using his ibook. I sent him a message and everything worked. He then had a great idea...... take turns doing the notes. That class has a TON of notes to be taken, so now we just switch taking turns doing them. Right after one person finishes taking the notes, he sends a copy to his partner. I must say it is a wonderful thing, note taking is cut in half, and you have someone to "talk" to in class.
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    this is one of those times that Bonjour comes in handy, it doesn't seem to have all that many uses, but when it does, its sweet.
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree

    that's a really good idea! i can't help but wonder how your teacher feels though :eek: :eek:
  4. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    I'm saying "Look. You take notes for a reason, and it's not to make you tired. If you think you can retain the information by reading it (and not by writing it down yourself), then fine. But you're putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage, not only on the exam, but compared to other students who focus on taking extensive notes for long time periods."

    I'm thinking "God. That kid only takes notes half the time. I bet his essay will be half nonsense." And if you think that doesn't play into grading, even subconsciously, you're an idealist!
  5. ibook30 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2005
    2,000 light years from home
    Dude- you're an educator and you're calling someone else an "idealist"?;) :)
  6. whw5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2004

    Well since I have yet to get a B (or C) in high school I'm thinking my essays are not nonsense, and generally if I think its a good idea, it works.
  7. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2005
    You can bring laptops to class at your HS? :eek: But hey, if that's what you want to do.

    I get yelled at for my PDA. I still remember last year in Chemistry my teacher getting mad at me for using it to take notes. I had used my Palm ALL year to take notes in MS Word to print out later if needed, but she was mad at me that day (I don't remember why...she was a jerk) and asked me to put it away.

    Her: Maggie, put that thing away in class.
    Me: Oh, I'm using it to take notes, actually.
    Her: That's impossible.
    Me: Um...
    Her: What if I draw a diagram?
    Me: I can draw it into the program...

    She spent the rest of the class finding ways to draw eleborate/needlessly complicated charts and diagrams that we "had" to copy down, all the while giving me evil glares. This was also the same teacher who was convinced her 1 year old computer didn't have a USB port.
  8. Agent Smith macrumors 6502

    Agent Smith

    Mar 21, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    In my class, if a kid wants to use a laptop to take notes, more power to them. I'll even try to switch them to a Mac machine if I can. I've already switched 4 other teachers... :D
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    If you're going to be collaborating on notes, check out SubEthaEdit. You can host and join over Bonjour, or even the internet.
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    What the heck is Bonjour again? I forgot. I probably have no use for it, which is a possible explanation as to why I have no clue what it does for me.
  11. evoluzione macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be

    it's the renamed Rendezvous. iChat uses it.

    so do schools actually encourage the use of laptops in class now? that's really scary. i also believe that calculators should not be allowed in most classes. it's shocking seeing how many people can't do basic math without one, for example, i see people in restuarants trying to work out the percentage to leave for a tip and they have to pull out their phone with the calculator on. scary! i feel that (already poor) writing skills will suffer from using laptops in class. things like spell check just make people even more lazy than they already are.

    still, it's easy to shine as they say.
  12. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I'm at university studying Design and Art and we're allowed to bring our machines in. I mean why not? are you that stuck in the past? I use my machine to record guest lecturers, save as MP3 and listen to them on my iPod when swotting up. nothing is going to beat the speed and efficiency of just a pen and paper for a while but my powerbook is a needed tool.

    besides. I got a D in GCSE maths. I got A's in everything else. I'm just bad at maths so I'll always use a calculator. that way its never wrong too.
  13. evoluzione macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be

    i'm not stuck in the past mate, just worried about the future...
  14. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    When I read the title I thought you were talking about passing notes in class. :D I have always wanted to try the collaborative note thing, but alas I am laptop-less until the fall (Then its MBP for me, baby).

    I am working on a team of students that is building the new website for our department and one feature we are going to implement is a wiki for note taking of the classes. Our program will be requiring laptops starting this fall so everyone will be able to participate. Should be an interesting experiment at least.
  15. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    i need to start using bonjour with other people. I am tired of taking notes.
  16. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    My school doesn't, but nowhere in the rules does it says you can't have laptops. I disagree with you though, as I do not believe that computers are the root cause of youths lacking fundamental English and math skills. That's called popular culture and attitudes towards education.

    I am the ONLY student out of 1,400 that brings my laptop to my high school. I'm allowed to use the laptop though partly because I basically run Student Council, Advisory Committee, Site Committee, Patriot Sound & Video, FIRST robotics, and a multitude of other clubs/activites at the school. I use it for notes in English, History, and it sees use for art related subjects as well as basic graphic design work that the school has me doing. My history teacher put up a fuss at first, but when the principal said it was ok to her, she shut up. My English teacher got confused when I pulled it out for the first time, and said she'd have to check with someone to make sure it was ok. I had her call an office, and one of the assistant principals cleared me. :)
  17. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003

    damn, I was going to post that :p
  18. MarkCollette macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Being Canadian, we have to be able to multiply any value by 7%, for Goods and Service Tax, and then also multiply by 10% (or whatever you tip), so we kick ass at math :)
  19. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    im in college and have yet to bring my laptop to school.. then again i am taking my GE's so when i get more specific into my concentration, that might change... but even then... :rolleyes:
  20. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I take my laptop to class with me all the time.

    Its helpful for those classes where the instructors switch powerpoint slides every 10 seconds and you have no time to write it down
  21. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    If you weren't connected to a wireless network or any other network, how's it possible that you are on the bonjour network?
  22. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    You can create computer-to-computer networks. I sawe some guys playing UT or Quake on their iBooks while on a shuttle bus.
  23. Aarow macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2005
    What's Rendezvous:confused: ?
  24. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
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    i brought my iBook to school today. In my 8th period study hall I pulled it out and started working. Some people of couse then look waht I am doing. Then a teacher walks by and is like "I know you guys are up to no good" and goes and tells one of the librarians who then get all fussy (fussier than normal) and I am never bringing to school again. There are a few other people that bring theres to school, but they all have HPs or Dells.

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