I’d heard that Apple was encouraging people to donate their first generation iPads to Teach For America, but it barely registered on my radar. As a second year corps member, I figured any goodies would be given to the newbies.
But lo and behold, look what landed in my inbox this week from our TFA*Nashville Operations Director:
“What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students? Well, we’re asking you to help us answer this question. Because of an extraordinarily generous initiative from Apple, you’ll soon be receiving a first generation iPad for your classroom. Apple and its customers have donated iPads through a campaign that has featured Teach For America and our corps members in Apple stores across the country.”
To recap: When Apple announced the iPad was coming while I was in college, I’m pretty sure I remember laughing out loud at how ridiculous it was. I had no idea how or why anyone would use this product or want to. When my college roommates dad had one that he brought out on a visit, I tried my darndest not ogle the strange contraption.
So here’s my dilemma. While not a complete luddite, my knowledge of what the iPad could do in my classroom is limited. Having cultivated a number of tech-savvy friends over the years and my own proclivity for falling for enginerds, I know I know people who can give me ideas on how to best utilize this technology. If you’ve got one, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment.