Friday, April 22, 2011

And now for something completely different...

I know, this is a book blog, not a technology blog, but I have a new obsession (my iPad2) and it has a couple books on it so I am doing a post.

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?

7 comments:

Michelle (my books. my life.) said...

I've had my iPad for almost a year now and I still love it. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I got the original iPad when it was first released and have the iPhone 4g. I love both, but if I had to chose just (1) it would be my iPhone 4g.

I play Scrabble at work against the computer or with my daughter, when I am doing something mindless. I check email all the time as I keep it near my work computer on the mouse pad (indiscreet). I have a few audio books on it so I can also listen to a book at work or anywhere. I also have about 30 apps on both devices which I love.

Aths said...

Now you're making me want to get one too! I'm so glad that you love yours!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Michelle--I am so glad to hear you still like it, I worry a bit that the excitement might burn off

Diane--I don't have an iPhone, I have a Droid, which I really like a ton. But, it would be nice to have everything sync together. I haven't thought about audio books... I'll have to look into that

Aths--tech-envy is a dangerous thing! :-)

Darlyn said...

Aww..she's so cute! I'm not a tech person myself. Still struggling with all this technology but I'd loved to have an iPad too. =)

Amy said...

It's awesome that Stanford threw in an iPad when you sgned up for the class! Your daughter sure likes it! She's adorable!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Darlyn--I do love technology! I love all the possibilities

Amy--Stanford didn't give the iPad, Digital Media Acadmey (a private group) did. But, either way I benefitted!