Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Let's talk about the iPad

"Starting this year, kids will learn to read, write and count on iPads. They'll watch TV, movies and cartoons on iPads. They'll do social networking, play games, and even color in virtual coloring books."
(from "Why the iPad is the 'Children's Toy of the Year'")

You've probably heard the buzz about the intuitive nature of the iPad for toddlers, but have you actually watched any kids using this amazing device?  Here is one famous example of a 2.5-year-old encountering the iPad for the first time:

Impressive, isn't it?  For more thoughts, listen to the editor of the Children's Technology Review discuss some ways he believes the iPad will affect children:

If you're wondering about the dark side of kids' natural love for the iPad, read this post from a parent struggling to understand his 6-year-old's iPad addiction.  I'm sure there will be more studies done as more kids get their hands on tablet computers. 

For now, look for more thoughts on this blog about children's book apps and ebooks in the coming weeks!

-- Rebekah