I thought I’d pass along a note that I received from a student regarding the use of the iPad in the Creative Writing classroom. I have taught this young man a handful of times, and he was one of the students who I thought might have difficulty adopting the technology. He’s from rural Oregon, and always writes the drafts of his stories (most of which are somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 words long) in spiral-bound notebooks, with a pencil. I’ve never seen him carry a computer.
It’s taken some time, but he seems to have really found the technology useful. I’ve posted his recent note to me below:
“One of the things that I’ve liked the most is the ability to organize every document in the course through the iPad. Given that I normally take notes by hand, the sheer number of pages we handle– especially in a workshop-style class, when we’re churning out so much writing every week — can become overwhelming as the semester progresses. Combine that with reading assignments for published fiction / nonfiction pieces that can easily be 10 + pages, and it makes for a pretty messy binder.