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5 ways the tablet has changed the way I do school

I recently asked +Spencer Apsley to share some of his thoughts about how using a tablet computer has changed his college experience. The enthusiasm of his response made me wish I were in college again just so I could get a taste of what he described. Rather than go back to school, I asked Spencer to share his thoughts here so I can live vicariously through him.

5 Ways My Tablet Has Changed the Way I Do School
by Spencer Apsley

I’ll be the first to admit that when tablets were first revealed to the public (a la iPad) I was skeptical. I distinctly remember thinking to myself: “Who would ever want to carry around a giant cell phone that doesn’t call people?” I didn’t see the appeal or the point. However, after spending some quality time with my new Nexus 7 I take everything back. Tablet’s are the best, they are the future, and they’ve completely changed the way I do school. Here’s what’s changed:

My back loves me. Before I got my tablet my backpack usually contained the following items:


It's about people

Writing that last post about meeting +Spencer Bean helped me realize something.

Networking. Why do you do it?

I suppose the first question you should ask yourself is, "Do I network?" You probably do some networking even if you don't realize it because, well, you're alive. But do you network with a purpose?

Oh, there are many "good" reasons to network. You know them. "Networking is the best way to get a job," you've heard people say. "I knew a guy who knew a guy," someone quips when congratulated on his new position.

These are all true. Networking is the best way to find a job. It is the best way to know and use resources well beyond your personal abilities. It is an incredible way to advance your career, improve your talents, add arrows to your quiver of experience, and climb in through windows when doors of opportunity slam shut in your face. But that's not what I realized. I've know those truths for a long time.

Perhaps the…

The people you'll meet

Last night I met someone I've known for a long time. Let me explain.

About a year and a half ago +Jory Woodis introduced me to +Spencer Bean via email. The occasion? I was trying to host my first website, and I couldn't figure out how to get it working. I was stuck, so I asked Jory for help, and he said his buddy Spencer knows all about that kind of stuff. Thanks to the magic of Gmail chat and Spencer's generosity, my site was up and running, but more importantly, an online acquaintanceship was born.

Thanks again to the magic of gchat and the serendipity of common interests, Spencer and I kept in touch digitally until, realizing that we both now live in the same city, we figured we may as well grab some dinner and meet face to face.

Meeting Spencer was awesome. He's finishing up a master's degree and working for a sweet company that makes financial software. It's very refreshing to talk with people who are full of great ideas and vision about the future.

As you…