i-thingy, books, & real interaction!

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.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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One Response to i-thingy, books, & real interaction!

  1. Well said, Esme … ain’t nothing like the real thing baby!

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