Here's the deal: I haven't come to terms with the iPad just yet. Part of me thinks that all of its applications would be way to distracting and outweigh the advantages to our homeschool. Then I find myself thinking how great it would have been to be able to just bring the iPad along rather than lugging books back and forth when we traveled from home to New York City for four months for my husband's work. Would it be a tool or too quickly become the master?
I adore the smell and feel of the pages and the weight of a book in my hands, not to mention the noble ideas and worlds to be found within. I hate hearing that real books can or will be replaced. On the other hand, I love the fact that we can read an out-of-print book for free when I could never afford to purchase a rare hardcopy. It makes me sad when I see people sitting in a cafe texting rather than talking to their spouse but then I think of those that find themselves schooling in another country who pay exorbitant shipping costs to get their books to them. Sigh...
I may not have come to terms with the iPad but maybe you have. From now through September 30th, you could win an iPad from my beloved Barefoot Books, that independent publisher of award-winning (and tv/movie character free) children's books started by two hard-working moms out of their homes. For a chance to win, sign up (for free) as a Barefoot Ambassador. That's it. No catch. No purchases. No sales quotas. No annoying phone calls. Just a chance to win an iPad.
If you want, you can put an affiliate button up on your site, you can fundraise for your homeschool group or your favorite cause, you can be a savvy shopper and buy books at a discounted rate. Rather than purchasing a business math series, you could provide living math by running your own real bookstore for a term. You could even do what I have done and dress up as Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon or host author and illustrator signings, and have the flexibility of working from home. But that's only if you want.
Either way, I would love to hear about the role technology plays in your home education. Comments, concerns, criticisms?