Yes, I got an iPad from the family for Christmas. My first mobile device… well, I did have a pocket calculator once…I also got books and magazines + those links just keep rolling in on twitter and the news feed ambles in on facebook. But the best thing I got for Christmas was the time to visit with friends and family.
The connections made and the conversations that arose forced me to focus. The parry and thrust of that face-to-face repartee cannot be matched by all the wikis, blogs, and 140 character sends in the whole webiverse.
Faced with the iPad tutorials and finding my way to figure the device out, I realize I’d rather have one of my sons explore it with me to learn together. BOOM! as one of the twitter educators says: teachers make those real connections every day. Those are the most important part of the repertoire – those interactive relationships, that learning.
So here’s to real time, real place, in-your-face encounters.
Now back to the infernal machine.