The digital classroom

It’s already established that I love paper and that I still take notes on paper, both in class and work.

This semester, I’ve decided to try my luck with the Kindle edition of one of my textbooks.  So far I’m very happy with this.  I have access to it on up to 3 devices, which are currently my desktop pc, my laptop, and my wife’s Kindle 2.  The only thing I do not like (READ: Attention Kindle developers) is that there is no page number correlation between the Kindle edition and the print edition, so I’m required to manually search the Kindle edition for assignments that are assigned by page number.

Let’s consider the iPad.  I think the potential for this to be the ultimate college student appliance is there.  Note-taking, access to classroom tools (Ball State uses Blackboard, which has an app), and now digital books through either the free Kindle app or the Apple Bookstore could make this the go-to for the geeky college student.  The two biggest barriers for me at this point have been lack of selection of electronic versions of textbooks and the note-taking input.  Yesterday, I discovered the Pogo Sketch.  This pen-like stylus is designed to work with capacitive touchscreen devices that are designed to respond only to “skin” contact.  If this works up to its potential, in combination with any of the many note-taking applications available, it could make the iPad the PERFECT device for the paper geek like me to jump into the digital pool.