May 18 2011
Living and learning with an iPad #1 Why, why why?
I must admit that I have a weakness for sexy gadgets and have been saving up for an iPad or iPhone for ages! In the end, I decided to go with the iPad rather than an iPhone as I don’t really use mobile phones that much – is it a bit embarrassing to admit that? For some reason, I have a bit of a reputation as a geek in this school and yet I don’t use phones very often!
Anyway, I thought it might be an interesting idea to blog about how I learn to use the iPad right from the beginning. I have bought it because:
a) As I said, I have a weakness for gadgets. I already own a Sony Reader, but have managed to stop myself from getting a Kindle as well.
b) Quite a few of my more “techy” friends have got iPads and have been raving about them. One friend had shown me around her iPad and I was hooked!
c) I wanted something more portable than my large and heavy laptop to take on trips and maybe to work. I thought I might use it to access the web and to organise myself better. Some of the apps available for iPad also looked very intriguing and I wanted to find out more about them.
d) I also thought that I would like to try out the device with a view to thinking about how it might be used in a teaching and learning environment like the library. I want to keep this newly developed library at the forefront of exciting ways of teaching and learning if I can. So a lot of questions have been buzzing around my head about e-readers and other gadgets.
My iPad arrived two days ago and so my next post will be about how I am beginning to find my way around it and then I will follow with further posts about possible uses in the school library.
Please share your own thoughts in the comments of this blog as I would be really interested to see what you think.