My name is James Ritchey and this the my first posting on a blog and I am posting this from my iPad using the WordPress app. I taught art in the Pennsylvania for 38 years and was department coordinator at the time of my retirement. I am a facilitator with the ArtsEducator2.0 project and I love technology when it is working. On April 3rd I went to the local Best Buy just to see what an iPad looked like and to see if there was a line (there was). My plan was to get an iPad when the 3G model became available but I was fascinated by the look and feel of the device and the User Interface. I have been using an iPod Touch for about 18 months, but when I retired, I started using the device even more. I started keeping my calendar, watching videos, checking my email, playing games, and spending time with my grand daughter all on the iPod Touch. I was always on the look out for a new apps, especially if they were productivity or educational. When the iPad was announced, I knew I would want see if the iPad could do all that I was doing on my iPod Touch and perhaps even more. So, there I was, intrigued, but willing to wait. That evening, I decided to go back to Best Buy and see if they were sold out (they weren’t) so I bought this iPad. It has been an adventure and I have formed some opinions and have recommendations but I mostly feel I need to spend more time “testing” things out. First off I will say that I am in favor of the iPad and I am a fan. I think in the long run it will have a positive impact on education (and our culture) and will at least become as noteworthy as the iPod and the iPhone. I am doing a lot with the iPad, but I am still using my Macbook Pro and my iPod Touch. The iPad holds the potential to take over some tasks from the iPod Touch and/or computer, but i don’t think it is a replacement for either or both. Time will tell.
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