Will my son be able to do his homework on an iPad?
Some people (like me as it happens) find it completely okay to create documents using Pages on an iPad, others might not. It does all the most-used things you would expect.
One thing that might be worth understanding, though, is there is a great advantage to a parent in the “walled garden” closed nature of an iPad – you can properly control what is installed etc. This must be a big advantage.
Edit – funny how those of us who actually use an iPad to create document on an almost daily basis seem to have a slightly different view on what the capabilities actually are… 😉Posted 5 years ago
I don’t think you can edit word doc’s on an ipad. May be a work around but it is one of the many things that put me off them.
I like some Apple stuff but am no fan boy…the only thing I have is an imac but it’s 4 years old and will building a PC next time round.
If you are after pure functionality for a decent price get him the best laptop you can find for £400. (price of basic ipad)
ipads are cool for sure but be savvy and get what is right for you.Posted 5 years agosteveoathSubscriber
You can create docs well on iPad (I don’t own one, but a quick google yields instant results!).Posted 5 years agoleffeboySubscriber
If you want him to concentrate on the content of the homework and not the mechanics of the device he is doing it on, simply buy a windows laptop.
That. We have both at home. The kids never reach for the iPad to do their homework even though they could. It is too painful for the stuff they are doingPosted 5 years agohertz32Member
A decent laptop would work far better. My school is trying out a yr8 class with them and so far the study has shown… Epic FailPosted 5 years ago
Not compatible with anything and the class has frequnt problems with theacher sanding word docs to the VLE to be completed and not a single child being able to open it. If everyone used Apple then we would be fine but they don’t beacause they are stupidly explensive for what they are! they start from £399. http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/top-laptops-20-best-laptops-in-the-world-706673?artc_pg=2
may i point you in the direction of one of the above?docrobsterMember
Neither of my kids aged 11&14 would dream of doing homework in the iPad.Posted 5 years ago
They seem to use Microsoft publisher to produce documents. No idea if that is possible with the iPad. Also of course memory sticks, school virtual learning environment is outlook web app based, etc, etc.
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Its definetly possible to do homework on a iPad, office suites are available for ithingys.
Whether or not its more/as practical as a laptop is a different prospect,I would imagine using a seperate keyboard(Bluetooth) would make matters easier as the onscreen keyboard would take up valuable real estate especially when trying edit documents/spreadsheets.
However I would definetly take a iPad over a network for doing work on.Posted 5 years agoigrfMember
No 4 daughter got through last year using one, we bought a bluetooth keyboard case and it went O.K. but beware late night skyping with classmates.
This year however ‘they’ the school insisted on a proper PC laptop for GCSE year (she’s coming up 16 soon) there are local network based programmes she’s supposed to integrate with don’t ask me what or why they’re a bit behind the times and haven’t spotted the cloud just yet.
So, it depends I guess on how old he is, there are ‘office’ style apps, that can be swapped with a desktop and there is google drive, and iCloud, but the distraction factor of it being a gaming device can’t be ignored, nor the movie downloads, I bet she’s upstairs on it right now doing something she shouldn’t be…Posted 5 years agopebblebeachMember
Creating ‘word’ documents on an iPad isn’t an issue at all but much easier with a keyboard doc, excel type stuff is fine too – both using apple software. Presentations are okay too but given the choice I would rather do this type of work on a laptop or pc. iPad is great but for input stuff I’d choose a regular device.Posted 5 years ago
Oh lordy – this might be another apple Vs windows debate…..
We need to get a second computer in the house as both kids will soon have more homework than I ever imagined they would have and I don’t want the arguments which will inevitably occur when they both need to use the one computer at the same time (it will happen – I’m stunned at how much is being dished out!)
My son’s birthday is coming up and he has said he wants an iPad (my immediate reaction: ‘Ha! No way jose!’) but on reflection (and comparing prices of laptops with windows home and a base iPad) would this solve the problem of dual homework pile-up? Can you reliably construct word-, excel- and powerpoint- type documents on an ipad?
Any thoughts on this would be greatfully received – but please don’t descend into a slanging match between OS types!Posted 5 years agofourcrossjohnMember
I bought an ipad for work in class at sixth from to use along side my mac, get him a laptop or computer!!! I cant stress it enough. The upad will just serve as a distraction!
Its a pain in the arse to do any proper work on and it takes 5 times as longer! I only used it to watch videos and browse the net on the school’s wifi in the end.
Now i’m out of school I use it down the lifeboat station, as a portfolio for photography and i watch netflix in bed on it.
It was never designed to be a tool, you can et a decent spec’d laptop for the cost of one too! I use my ipad more now than I dd at school.
Its mostly just a gimmick and a toy unless you really need it for work, a school kid does not!
The only decent thing it dd was connect to the schools power point projector and let me do keynote presentations with it and piss all over powerpoint!
SO NO! GET HIM A LAPTOP!
If he gets the ipad it will be so easy to sneak into his school and then if he shows it off which is inevitable, it will get nicked or brokenPosted 5 years ago
Get an AirBook instead
Are you living up to your name??!! £1k for my son’s birthday prezzie?
Edit: Oops, did you mean this? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/fake-airbook-is-the-best-macbook-air-knock-off-yet/11849Posted 5 years agomuppetWranglerMember
It’s a bit of a generalisation but IPads and other tablets are great for viewing stuff. If you want to construct word, excel or powerpoint documents there are ways and means of getting what you want but it will invariably be slower than doing it on a laptop or desktop.
We have an IPad at home, it gets used every day and I’d not want to be without it but if there’s work or something that looks like work then i use a regular computer with a mouse and a keyboard.
No point making life difficult for him, get him a laptop, but get yourself an IPad.Posted 5 years ago
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