Ultimate Online Learning Tool? iPad for Academics, 2 Years Later

By Alex Golub, Inside Higher Ed

My iPad has excelled in forums where paper used to hold sway, and having it (or my iPod Touch) with me at all times means that I’ve discovered new times and places to do work. It’s great. But it’s not a laptop, and it never will be. As I and many other people have noted, the thing is for consumption, not production. I’ve tried using it to write and take notes — using a Bluetooth keyboard with it, even using one of those cases with a keyboard built in, ridiculous little styluses, etc. There’s no way to get around the fact that the human body is not evolved to interact with a pane of glass. I can type faster than the keyboard can buffer, creating strings of illegible characters. At other times Apple’s pathetic spell checker stops me in my tracks.

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