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Author Topic: Can I justify iPad purchase using start-up money?  (Read 8976 times)
godoc
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« on: April 24, 2012, 8:12:31 PM »

It may depend on the institutional policy, but I was wondering if anyone has purchased iPad using grant money, in particular, start-up money.

One thought is that if I can buy a laptop, why not iPad. The other thought is that iPad is more a personal item. Well, iPad is somewhere in the middle of research/teaching productivity tools and personal items.

I may ask my chair, but don't want to look like a person who makes a weird request. Any idea?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 8:31:52 PM »

What kind of flexibility would the iPad give you in your work that the kind of computer you'd be issued wouldn't give you? That's the argument you need to make.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 8:37:09 PM »

Don't even justify it, just order it.

I use it all of the time for work.  I never printout my lecture notes any more, I just bring my iPad and read them that way. I also use it to email with colleagues, converse with collaborators over skype, and there are web-based tools in my discipline that are way easier and nicer to use on the iPad than on a laptop or desktop while working in the lab.

If you don't have to justify a laptop, then you shouldn't have to justify an iPad.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 8:38:40 PM »

I didn't answer your specific question - my iPad was purchased using grant money, and was approved by the grants office that is typically overly persnickety about approving things that are typically not well justified.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 9:08:46 PM »

I bought mine using my annual professional development allowance. I sometimes take just the iPad (instead of my laptop) along on shorter research trips or to conferences; I sometimes use the iPad (rather than my laptop) for teaching (I use it to project slideshows). I use it as a reader, and frequently mark up PDFs of articles. Some of these functions are easier on the iPad (the reading and marking-up of articles), and others duplicate things my laptop could handle, but the iPad is easier to travel with. I was all ready with these facts as justification, but no one even asked.
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 2:15:36 PM »

Yes, just order it.  Easy to justify that you are using for work.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 4:56:49 PM »

Hell yes, just buy it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2012, 3:01:25 AM »

I think that it's totally justifiable. I use the ipad to read all kinds of journal articles, and can annotate them and tag them without ever wasting a single piece of paper. And then I can sync these annotated PDFs on Dropbox so that I can access them anywhere. In terms of teaching, I use the iPad to write handwritten notes (calculations or graphs) that I can post for the students. I also use the iPad to easily record videos of me lecturing (no images of me, just my iPad screen) and writing for online courses, it's much easier than using a video camera.  I can go on and on... The point is, it is just as justifiable as any laptop if not more so.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 4:05:07 PM »

Here's another thought.  Do all the muckey-mucks on campus up in admin have Ipads that they use for work?  That was how I justified the purchase of mine -- just assumed they knew how valuable they were.  No questions thus far.
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