I wanted an iPad. I didn't need an iPad. I certainly wasn't going to buy one. Then I signed up for a summer course at Stanford University through Digital Media Academy and, because I attended one of their workshops at a conference, they threw in a free iPad. Who am I to turn down something "free"?!
The iPad showed up in the mail on Saturday. Within one hour my 10-year-old daughter says, "Mama, I'm not going to call this your iPad, I am going to call it the iPad." Very subtle. Two days later as I put the iPad in my purse (since it has my current book on it) she says, "How come you get to take our iPad every day and I don't?" Um... our iPad?
I totally feel like an iPad-evangelist right now! The potential I see in using it in the classroom is amazing. When my daughter was reading Deborah Ellis' Breadwinner aloud to me last night I realized she probably didn't know exactly where Afghanistan is and what it looks like. How convenient... I had the iPad in my lap so we looked at the world maps and photos of Kabul and it made reading the book a much richer experience.
Do you have an iPad (or iPhone or iTouch)? If so, what are your favorite apps?