A homeschoolers first impressions of the iPad 2


My first impressions on using the iPad for homeschooling.

The first thing you notice about the iPad is how thin it is. It almost makes it hard to hold like you would a book. I opted not to get the apple cover because i want something that covers the whole tablet I think that was a wise choice but that leaves me without a protective cover right now. The cameras are almost worthless. The pictures may look better on a smaller screen but on the iPad they do not look good.
After I synced the iPad with a few apps I sat down to look at a book with my kids gathered around. We decided to do a read aloud book. It was hard to hear even with the volume all the way up. I found that if I put my hand flat behind the speaker that the sound was much better. Hopefully a case will help with this.

Another thing I noticed about the design is that you really have a hard time determining which side is up. We were playing with the photo booth app which my kids love and we couldn’t figure out why a finger kept getting in the picture. Then we realized that the camera was at the bottom. You also can’t see the buttons on the side very well. Another thing I noticed was that the “mute” button really doesn’t mute everything like you would think.

So far after three evenings I have not charged the iPad yet. The battery indicator seemed to start going down right away but I am sure there is still a lot of juice left. Also I found out that my desktop all in one pc will not charge while connected. I figured this is due to The computer being more like a laptop since it is an all in one Sony.
Not much is different than the iphone here other than the larger screen size. I am trying to only install iPad apps for now. Google maps is not as useful since the WIFI only iPad does not have GPS. Same goes for other location based apps.

How I am planning on using the iPad 2 for Homeschooling

Well I finally broke down and ordered an iPad 2 this morning.  I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer because right now it is scheduled to ship on April 1st.  In anticipation of the iPad for our homeschool I thought I would share some of the ways I am planning on using the iPad for homeschooling.

  • Art studies – My plan is to pull up famous pictures whith my kids and discuss them in typical Charlotte Mason fashion
  • Books – I am really looking forward to my children gathered arround so I can read to them.  I am also planning on exploring all the interactive children’s books. 
  • History studies
  • Maps – I am hoping the History Mapp app will load faster than it does currently on my iPhone.
  • Watch math videos with my daughter
  • Helping my daughter with her reading/phonics
  • Helping my five year old learn his letter sounds and practice tracing letters
  • YouTube videos on science and history
  • Preparing lesson plans in bed

 Hopefully the iPad will get here sooner and I can report back on my progress.

In my next post I will discuss how to prepare for using the iPad for homeschooling.