Laptops or note books are mobile computers that weigh around 2 kilos and are quite sturdy. The term laptop came into use in 1983. And, today in the world of technology schools and colleges use laptops so that students can learn using multi-media learning modules where lessons are taught innovatively using all the sensory senses. Using laptops for learning gives students hands on experiences to learn become technology savvy.
The World Wide Web is a knowledge highway and more and more students are using online libraries to complete their assignments and do research. A laptop or note book facilitates learning in many ways:
1.The laptop along with references and notes is with you always and the internet libraries and other website have tools that help students' format assignments and references in MLA or APA formats.
2.With a laptop a student can take notes in class, type up assignments, share notes, and work with groups on projects.
3.Students can use the internet to speak to and communicate with family and friends without incurring huge phone bills.
4.Laptops enable students to watch films and video clips as well as download music from the net.
5.Students even use laptops for creating software and designing things to earn a little pocket money. Those with writing or research skills can consider freelance writing.
6.There are students to launch websites while students along with friends and these ventures become huge successes creating millionaires.
7.Online libraries and other websites allow students to download whole books online. It save time and money and students can read books published as far back as the 18th century to new ones.
8.Laptops make students self sufficient and they learn to type, manage their schedules, learn to budget by using online planners, and become citizens of the world.
9. A laptop with an internet connection encourages learning and keeps students abreast of news. Online news sites cover not just a state or country but the whole world. Students will know how people live elsewhere and all about war, political strife, natural disasters, as well as new discoveries and cultures distinct from their own.
10.Laptops encourage students to be technological whizzes. They keep abreast of all that's new in the world.
When choosing a laptop factors to consider are: durability, warranties, size and weight, capabilities as in specifications of ram, speed, and hard disk space. Find out from the school or college authorities what are the needs for the course and what the school or college recommends for laptops in terms of specifications. With this in hand visit computer stores online and offline to find a student laptop that will suit the needs and be affordable. Visit college websites as well as auction sites to check whether there are any laptops being sold as second hand on auction. Often high end laptops can be bought at auctions for the cost of a student laptop. So be internet savvy and find a good deal on a laptop.
The use of laptop or notebook computers is widespread and many people use them regularly as part of the work process. Though the definition can no longer be used in a single direction, thanks to its ability to store songs, watch movies on, store snaps, files, and many more. But primarily it is used widely for work purposes. It brings a sense of style and status.
The liberty to carry any where- unlike a desktop and more importantly to carry your work anywhere! The ability to connect to your mobile or camera and instantaneously exchange data is a boon. Just imagine the advantage of plugging into the internet when you are out of your home or work place! And now the market is flooded with new and wide range of laptops. Everyone seems to speak about only 3GB, 4GB. They are becoming more and more affordable and are slowly replacing desktops at schools. Colleges, offices and even homes! But all good things have their flaws too.
There are three main categories of risk associated with laptop use...
a) The equipment is designed for portable use and as a result compromises have had to be made. This leads to smaller keyboards and screens, differing pointer devices or mouse, as well as lack of adjustability. As a result, laptops tend to be uncomfortable in prolonged use.
b) The work environment where laptops are used tends to be less "user friendly" than the office environment. Areas are often constricted; such as on trains, in cars, at home etc, which does not allow the user to work comfortably for any lengthy period of time.
c) The arrangement of the keyboard and screen usually leads to the user working with their head and shoulders bent forward, adopting an awkward arm, wrist and hand position in order to key information in or to read the screen. Wherever possible the good practices adopted with the use of desktop computers should be utilized when using a laptop computer. The human body is not designed to be static for long periods of time and it is important that the laptop user varies their work position on a regular basis as well as taking frequent breaks.
The laptop computer, because of its portability, will be used in many differing environments. If using it at home then it is important to find a suitable place to work that has both a comfortable chair and a desk/table to place the laptop on. It is not considered to be good practice to use a laptop when lying on a bed or couch. If you are lying on your back then your neck will be in an awkward position as you try to see the screen. Equally, if you lie on your front then you will be putting strain on the lower part of the back as your body bends at the waist.
The use of a laptop on trains and planes has become more prevalent. However, the risks here to the user are usually increased due to lack of space. In most cases the laptop will have to be positioned close to the user and the poor posture that results may well lead to the onset of aches and pains in the back, neck and forearm.
In this situation the laptop should be used as little as possible. So by negating the flaws, taking proper precautions while using laptops, and exploiting the positives in the right way, one can enjoy the fruits of this modern marvel.