Anyhow, it’s hard to explain the value
of this, but the amount of hands-on,
tutorial-oriented, educational apps on the
App Store is phenomenal. For example, I
needed help with my Java programming
class, and within seconds I had a step-by-step Java programming tutorial in my
hands helping me better understand the
subject. This is a major resource.
Nook is just too glitchy and slow for my
patience (or lack thereof).
As remarkable as these devices are,
I don’t think they will do away with the
book-publishing industry as we know
it. There’s nothing like relaxing next to
the fireplace with a paperback novel or
reading to your children from one of their
favorite storybooks. However, I do believe
that these devices will make textbooks as
we currently know them obsolete.
I hope this article gave you a sneak peek
as to the direction education is headed
and helped you understand some of the
cutting-edge technology being developed
for the market right now. In the Spring
2011 edition, Part Two will highlight
some online services and software that can
greatly enhance your homeschooling.
Paulie Suarez is a Christian homeschool
graduate who is now in college pursuing
a degree in computer science. Paulie has
a specific passion for mobile electronics
and SmartPhone development. He has
extensive experience in Linux, Mac OS
X, iOS, and Windows. Hobbies include
Ultimate Frisbee, bass guitar and music
studio mixing, and mountain biking.
Visit Paulie at
.com, or you can contact him at paul@
SO . . . RECOMMENDATIONS?
Like I said, the iPad is obviously a totally
different animal; it’s more like a computer.
And when you look at it that way, $499
doesn’t sound all that bad, after all. Since
this thing can almost do everything your
computer can, you may be relieved to
know that the parental controls on an iPad
are quite advanced. You can limit access to
just about any type of app and control the
usage of almost every service. It’s really a
well thought-out device.
These are some amazing products.
Each of them serves as an excellent
textbook replacer. Currently, I believe the
iPad is the best mobile educational tool
on the market (in case you couldn’t tell).
However, if we’re simply talking about
ebook readers only, I’d say the Kindle is
the best buy for the money. Again, the
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