Professor’s Attitudes on Using iPad for Notes
Since I now have found out that I will be going to grad school (fully funded Ph.D – woo!) I’m thinking about getting an iPad (hopefully Pro) on which to take notes.
I’ve almost exclusively been a notebook and pen note-taker but think that since graduate classes are more applicable to my future career having neater, better organized notes might be to my advantage if I want to reference things later. Plus, if I want to have physical reference materials I could print and bind the notes for future use. A lot of the time traditional notebooks get well worn and often things are hard to find in them making them something I don’t really find useful for future applications.
I’ve had a lot of profs who frown on or disallow taking notes on the computer. Some don’t like it because there’s data to support the idea that people learn better when hand writing. Other believe they can be a distraction to you and other students. Most of my favorite professors have been these sort of traditionalists who either don’t allow laptops for notes or make their users sit in the back row. (I am not a back row kind of student.)
Now that I’m more seriously considering an iPad for notes I wonder how accepted this form of note taking will be in the classroom as I don’t want to shell out a bunch of money and then have my professors not be friendly to this form of technology.
Has anyone had experience with professors not allowing an iPad for notes?