Over the past few weeks I’ve been bringing my iPad almost everywhere with me. I use it in my English class to open up the novel we’re reading in iBooks, in my digital art classes to listen to soundcloud while I work in Photoshop, and in our class to view the blog and work in Google docs with my group, Too Disruptive. I love not having to carry a heavy laptop and charger around anymore. I even tried to test myself this weekend by going home for Thursday and Friday night without bringing my MacBook pro with me. There isn’t much to do when I go home for a weekend so I usually spend the entire time watching documentaries or browsing the internet on my laptop. I thought not having access to my laptop and only being able to use my iPad for 2 days/nights would be difficult but I didn’t even miss having my laptop. The only time I found myself wanting/needing a laptop or desktop computer was when I had to work on a project for class using photoshop but was unable to do so with only my iPad.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so on top of my schoolwork than I am now that I have this iPad to increase my productivity. If I have a free 20 minutes on a class break, I’ll pull out my iPad and start sending out emails, posting to the blog, or completing my readings for class. I’ve also been using Google docs and Google drive a lot more. It’s awesome to be able to access my files from anywhere and not have to rely on the limited space of our student memory drives and having access to a sinc site.
I find myself going days without opening or even touching my laptop. Just a few weeks ago I was constantly charging my laptop or bringing it with me everywhere. It’s becoming seemingly more useless and irrelevant every day I have the iPad. I know I probably sound overly dramatic or like an advertisement for the iPad but I honestly feel like it has changed the way I learn and get work done.