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I recently purchased the latest iPad.

I intended to use it for schoolwork, doing online assignments and reading PDFs, etc.

To my dismay, virtually all of the websites where you do online assignments require Flash...

So thus far, I have only been able to use my iPad for reading PDFs (and it loads the pages very, very slow). I'm disappointed, to be honest.

So how do others use their iPad for schoolwork purposes? What apps, etc?
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Well, I personally don't own an iPad, but my brother does. If it helps, he's a Junior in HS taking AP/Honors classes. Some apps that he uses are

Penultimate- written notes... use a stylus smile.gif

FaceTime- HW help

Pages- typing up documents

Wolfram Alpha- calculations/conversions

Dictionary.com- definitions

Google Translate

Dropbox

Calcbot

Convertbot

iBooks- ebooks that are interactive! biggrin.gif

Hopes this somewhat helps. Sorry about not putting a little description for some of the apps, but they're self-explanatory really x]. Hope I helped biggrin.gif
    
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I have a friend who uses his iPad for school and hopefully come bengging of May I will have one as well. But I can tell you if you jailbreak you can get flash. There are tons of apps it would be well worth just searching around for some and even making a guide for others.
 
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Originally Posted by X-Country Dude96 View Post

Well, I personally don't own an iPad, but my brother does. If it helps, he's a Junior in HS taking AP/Honors classes. Some apps that he uses are
Penultimate- written notes... use a stylus smile.gif
FaceTime- HW help
Pages- typing up documents
Wolfram Alpha- calculations/conversions
Dictionary.com- definitions
Google Translate
Dropbox
Calcbot
Convertbot
iBooks- ebooks that are interactive! biggrin.gif
Hopes this somewhat helps. Sorry about not putting a little description for some of the apps, but they're self-explanatory really x]. Hope I helped biggrin.gif

Some of those apps are quite pricy.

Pages, alone, is $10.

I guess a lot more money is needed to make this thing useful for school.
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GoodReader works great for PDF textbooks. Well worth the $5. Aside from that, though, don't really use the iPad for school much. I find a computer/laptop to be much better suited for schoolwork.
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Isn't iBooks a sufficient eReader app, already? Do the other apps just let you annotate?

Also, I plan on getting one of those note-taking apps (there's so many to choose from though; it's confusing). Can anyone recommend a good keyboard (case) to accompany the iPad?

I was looking at the Clamcase but that's $150.

After I get all of the apps and accessories necessary to turn this thing into a productivity machine, it's going to end up costing me about as much as a laptop (ultrabook or macbook air). But personally, I much prefer reading PDFs on a tablet.
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Use Photon Flash Browser from the app store...makes iPad flash friendly.
 
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Isn't iBooks a sufficient eReader app, already? Do the other apps just let you annotate?

iBooks is slow and is better suited for recreational reading (well, unless you're using textbooks specifically designed for iBooks). For reference material, GoodReader works so much better. You can annotate, highlight passages, write down notes on books (e.g. via stylus), sync your notes to desktop or another iPad, have multiple books open (easily accessible via tabs), and it handles large PDFs much better than iBooks does.
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Okay so I'll get GoodReader and Photon Flash Browser.

Is there any note-taking app that shines above the rest? How about a keyboard (case)?
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