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Two boys and an iPad

My two sons are watching a YouTube video (a Star Wars/Numa Numa thing) on my work iPad. It's kind of grist to the mill to those who argue that the iPad is really a consumption device. It seems to work really well in those on-the-sofa browsing moments: catching up with the news online, flicking through houses I can't afford on a property site, checking out train times, reading and replying to emails and tweets etc.. Yup, 'couch computing' seems to describe it well. I'm also finding I'm using my laptop less as this kind of 'casual' browsing and production of short textual content is maybe about 80-90% of what I use the web for at home.

 

However, is the iPad any good for educational purposes and, more specifically, should I order another 6 for staff development workshops? Hmm ... need to live with it longer but think not. It feels too limited in what it can do - in spite of multiple apps which extend its capabilities. It offers more than an iPod Touch but much less than a cheaper netbook (Asus, Acer etc.) occupying a niche for which I hadn't realised there was any demand.

 

See digitalmigrant.blogspot.com/2010/06/first-reaction-to-ipa... for longer reflection.

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Taken on June 9, 2009