I graduated from college when the year still started with 19 instead of 20. We brought notebooks in our backpack to take notes and had highlighters to mark up books, then later spent hours trying to figure out what the heck we scribbled in our notebooks.
I am going back to college to quickly grab a certificate which requires a prior degree, so I will be in class with people who are generally not too much younger than I am, but still not my age.
My question is this: Are kids these days using laptops to take notes in class? I hear "MS OneNote" being tossed around a lot. Or, is technology frowned upon because of people screwing around online while in class, etc? I am afraid the answer is going to be "it depends".
I know I will find out on the first day of class, but it's a long month away and I am antsy. I feel weird enough as it is having a degree and a professional career, yet going back to school for something unrelated to anything I am doing now. And my handwriting is so bad that I can't read anything I write by hand yet I can type 118wpm, so using my laptop in class would be highly beneficial.
My wife is a professor, so naturally I asked her. She has only had two students bring a laptop to class, but to put things into perspective she teaches a certain course to a certain demographic, so asking her this question doesn't really make any sense.
My co-worker is in grad school, and he said that no one takes notes, period. They just all screw around on their smartphones and don't pay attention like a bunch of 14 year olds. But he is in grad school just for initials after his name, not for any real education (and the teachers know this--it's a money-grab class for the school).
Oh, and research. How do people research stuff for papers these days? I graduated college before The Google, so we had to do research in a library, read books, search horrible databases, and Internet sources were a huge no-no, period. But what about these days? I would be embarrassed to cite Wikipedia as a source, but surely Internet sources are the mainstream now? Do libraries still exist?
Thanks for wasting your time in answering my questions!
As a side note, do you think a professor would let me set up my trainer in the corner so I can get some miles in during class?