Post # 1
I am starting my teaching internship in August and am so excited to be in this final step of college. I will graduate in December and then be married in January!
Since I know that I am going to be doing a ton of lesson planning, and papers during this upcoming semester I’m wanting to look into getting a new laptop (mine is on the fritz and won’t connect to wifi) or if I should get an Ipad or tablet?
My fiance is looking into helping me with this purchase financially so I want to be able to go to him with some ideas / suggestions.
Any advice from fellow teachers, college students, or just the everyday bee would be awesome. I am looking for something light weight, fast, and travel friendly. I hate having to wait for my internet to boot up now on my laptop and mainly read the bee and surf the web on my phone. So I’m thinking a tablet would be best but not sure how that would work for typing documents.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I rarely use my laptop since getting my iPad. I do still need it though since my iPad doesn’t have Office and Java
Post # 4
Personally I would do laptop, I am not big into the tablet/ipad craze
Post # 5
@Ashleycdg: I love using my ipad the only thing is some videos wont work on it because it doesnt support flash player and if you plan on typing alot of things count the ipad out unless you are going to get the keyboard that can be attached to it. The two finger type touch screen thing drives me crazy!!!! I kind of want a laptop also because I can do different things on each one
Post # 6
I’m very anti-apple.. So I voted for both Other Tablet and Other brand laptop.. Although for papers, I don’t suggest a tablet, they can be difficult to type on.
Post # 7
I would get a mac laptop if you are still in school.
Post # 8
I would personally get a laptop. Tablets tend to have limitations that you might not realize will really get in the way – short charging cords, absense of USB ports, inability to handle word processing, no CD drive, inability to play some video and music formats, etc. Of course, different tablets will have different features, but you can get a laptop around the same price as a tablet that will be able to do anything and everything you might need it to do.
Post # 9
I would get a laptop. I love my iPad but if I need to do some real work like Microsoft Office or anything else that requires typing, I use my laptop.
I mean, sure, you can buy a keyboard for the iPad but come on. Wouldn’t you rather have one less thing to keep track of? In your situation, I vote for laptop. Whether it’s Mac or another brand though, I have no advice.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I love my iPad and iPhone even though I was always anti-apple for anything else…too many bad experiences in graduate school with apple computers failing me big time!
That being said, FI was a teacher and always did his lesson plans in Excel. This does not work well if at all on the iPad. He used a mac laptop which was provided to him from the school. I think any lightweight laptop would be best. Eventually his district switched over to using Google Docs so he used their spreadsheets to do lesson plans and had to submit them via Google Docs, so it may depend on what is required by where you will be working. Either way I think you can’t go wrong with the laptop. As much as I love my iPad I think you may end up too limited by it.
Post # 11
I’ve had my iPad 2 since they came out… 3 years ago? Something like that. I rarely use my laptop. I can’t stand Mac laptops though – Windows all the way for me!
Post # 12
@Ashleycdg: I have two iPads, laptop and a Mac! I use my Mac the MOST! It’s the shizzzz! Lol
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I’m a high school teacher. I have an ipad and love it, but I don’t use it for school work. You can not create tests, handouts, etc on an ipad. You need a laptop for that. Also on an ipad, there is no way to save things.
If you’re planning to use this for planning and such, you need a laptop.
Post # 15
DH and I have tablets, smartphones and laptops and many in my department have all three issued to them. I think they really all serve a different purpose and I don’t think a tablet and a laptop is interchangeable. A tablet IMO is more for quick things, like checking emails and PDFs, whereas a laptop is more functional in terms of getting work done. Even in grad school, I had all three available and while a tablet was great for ebooks-type things, I didn’t like using it for a laptop substitute and doing extensive work and typing.
Since you are doing a ton of lesson plans and grading, I would go with a lightweight laptop. If you are set on a Mac, the Air is nice and will suit your purposes (word processing, admin work, etc.).
Post # 16
I don’t have an iPad/tablet, and while I think they are neat, I still an loyal to my laptop! My biggest thing is having the keyboard – I’m just plain bad with touchscreen. Even with my smartphone, I got one with a full keyboard, becuase I cannot for the life of me get touchscreens to work/do what I want them to.
Does your school provide you with one or the other, so you wouldn’t have to make a major purchase right away? My mom is a retired school teacher, but they were provided with laptops to use for the schoolyear.
So I go with laptop. I like Apple products while my husband swear by anything not Apple, so I have no suggestions as far as brands!