iPad, Laptop or Pen & Paper?

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The very first Apple Macintosh - 1984!
In January 1984 the very first Mac was released, known then as the "Apple Macintosh". Looking nothing like the sleek and attractive machines they have today this Mac was available to buy for $2,495 and had a keyboard and mouse. I was three years old at the time and this would have completely passed me by.

Fast forward thirty years and Apple is a household name, they have revolutionised the way we view technology. They have made my life far easier, I have an iPhone which holds all of my personal information. My diary, text messages, birthdays, phone calls but most importantly my blogging reminders, twitter information and internet connectivity. I am never in a place where I can't be contacted in some way. 

Growing up I always used a pen and paper to note things down. It wasn't until I was working in an office and had money coming in that I was able to buy myself a home computer and even then it was very out of date. In more recent years I haven't felt the need to use a pen very much at all. My phone has a notes app which is available on all of my devices. This means that I can be out of the house and write a note about blogging, come home and view that note on my Mac. Brilliant.

If you read this blog regularly you'll know that I have an iMac and a Macbook both of which I use, a lot. I don't feel the need to have a pen and paper at hand because I always have my phone and it has a notes app. This app allows me to view my notes on all of my devices, including the iMac. All of these machines have completely changed how I view my work. I no longer have to wonder how long I will have to wait for windows to boot up or see any strange messages popping up. I don't have to rummage in the bottom of my handbag searching for a pen, I just grab my phone. The day I began using Apple products was the day I was converted. It is like a breath of fresh air and I will never go back.

The iPad Air - look how beautiful it is!
I was talking to a friend of mine this morning about the iPad and she was telling me she didn't really know how to use it. She knew how to get onto the internet but she didn't know that if you press the home button twice a different view opens up. This view shows you all of the apps you have open at that time. This is just one of many features that Apple use to make the iPad feel intuitive. My friend said she didn't really know a lot about how to use the iPad and that got me thinking. How many mums these days have no idea about the technology their children are using on a daily basis?

I guess I'm lucky in a way because the hubby works in the industry so I am aware of all the new features and products and am able to see whether or not they would be useful. I do think it's important to know about the devices our children use and what they can actually do. This got me wondering about how many of the mums I know have the very same problem. Could I be the one to teach them? I'd have to learn along the way too but I wonder how many of those mums would appreciate another mum telling them how to use this new technology. 

Not a day goes by when I don't use the iPad, iPhone or Mac and although this is a lot of screen time I am embracing it. I would much rather understand the things that my children are using, at least then I know what is possible and what they need to be protected from. I've been toying with the idea of approaching the Head at my children's school to see if she would be interested in me holding a class for parents. Of course this would be another commitment to take time away from other stuff but I feel like this is something I could actually do, another thing to make me proud of myself.

Do you prefer pen and paper or tech? If there was a class where you could learn about technology would you attend? What kind of things would you like to learn about?

Mama and More

12 comments:

  1. I love my Ipad, but I'm sure I could learn to do more with it. I definitely learn a lot from my kids! I found your blog through the #AllAboutYou link party

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    1. I do think the kids are much more adept at using the iPad, it comes naturally to them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. x

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  2. I love the convenience and connectedness of tech and am very much into the iPad although I need to upgrade. I got an iMac for my birthday but definitely need something portable although getting a Macbook seemed like overkill (I did have a Macbook Air but destroyed it with orange juice!). How is it having both iMac and Macbook, do you use both as much? Is it worth me investing in a Macbook Pro, or just sticking with iMac and getting a new iPad? Sorry for all the research questions, thought you seemed like a good person to ask!
    Aside from that, I still very much use pen and paper, always write in notebooks, constantly buy journals, love the smell and feel of books. Creatively, I definitely write differently on paper than I do on 'screen' and I find using both is my favourite option! Great to meet you, via #AllAboutYou

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    1. Well that's lots of questions (and it's fine)! Sorry to hear about the orange juice, may your Macbook Air rest in peace. :( I use my iMac every day whilst sitting in my office, it is the thing I use to do my blog posts and love the large screen. I also use my Macbook Air every day - sometimes I prefer to work downstairs on the sofa and the Macbook makes that possible. It is also very portable (mine is the smaller one, I think it's 13") which means I can carry it around. I often take it with me when I take the boys to a soft play centre. For me the Macbook Pro seemed a little too much but it depends what you want it for I guess. I use my iPad mostly for games but I do occasionally read blogs and other stuff too. The thing I find difficult with the iPad is commenting on blogs, the comment often disappears for no apparent reason (although the hubby thinks this may be because of Flash). If I'm honest I don't think I could do without any of the devices, they each make my life easier in some way.

      You're so right about creative writing. I find that when you're writing with a pen you tend to think slower, if that makes sense. When I'm typing my fingers speed over the keys at a similar rate to my mind thinking. With a pen I can't write that quick so have to slow down, this can be very therapeutic and helps with sorting out problems. But like I said, I don't often use a pen these days - got to get ideas down fast before they disappear!

      I hope I've helped you a little and thanks for stopping by and commenting. Great to meet you too. xx

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  3. Sounds likes a great idea and I'm sure there would be demand for it! I love my iMac and macbook but I also still have a lot of time (and space in my bag) for pen and paper. I love to type as I think because i can keep pace with my thoughts in a way that I can't when I'm writing with pen and paper but for noting down ideas and keeping handy in my bag - I don't like using my phone to do that. It's the same for lists, I like to be able to cross things off as I go!

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    1. I was the same for a while, particularly with lists, but Apple have solved that one too. They have a shopping list app (from years ago apparently) and you can tick things off as you go! I sometimes try using pen and paper but find it's much faster to use the technology and it's not often that I find something I can't do. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  4. This sounds a good idea, and certainly worth approaching the Head about - what's to lose in asking? I like both. I find I 'think' better with pen and paper, but work more with technology.

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    1. You're right and I almost approached the Head this morning but then chickened out! Like you said though, what's to lose? My 'thinking' time is usually when I'm out for a walk, I always seem to get lots of inspiration and am able to clear my head when I'm surrounded by nature and in fresh air. Although I can't carry a notebook with me so if I am inspired I tend to grab my phone to jot the ideas down. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  5. I take my iPad, iPhone and Mac for granted, but I'm sure that there are lots of people who could do with tech help. It is so important as a parent to be able to understand technology. Only downside is, my handwriting is now rivalling that of a doctor's because I do it so rarely #AllAboutYou

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    1. I do that too, take my iPad, iPhone etc, for granted. My handwriting isn't terrible but I'm sure it's getting worse. I do think it's a lot easier for us to understand the technology than it was for our parents, at least we have seen the computers progress throughout our lifetime. Our parents saw the things arrive and that must've been terrifying! Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  6. Morgan, this is a brilliant post! My uncle actually developed the very first computers for IBM - he's one of the longest ever computer programme developers (over 55 years!), and technology now moves so fast that stuff we were doing 5 years ago is super-dated. I think that when we are immersed in technology it is easy to forget about "real people" and how they view and use it. I did a project a while ago using QR codes (dated!), and discovered while doing it that 90% of my friends had no idea what the "weird barcode thingy" did. I am sure that giving classes to other parents would be really worthwhile, and appreciated, and you are so right, we need to keep on top of technology that our kids will use - after all, they are technology natives, whereas we are technologically speaking immigrants. #AllAboutYou
    (ps - agree with Luci, my handwriting is rubbish now, but I far prefer writing cards and letters to ecards!)

    Mama-andmore.com

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    1. I think the hubby and your uncle would get on really well, the hubby's a programmer too! You're so right about forgetting about the 'real people' too, I often find that I assume someone knows how to use their iPhone 'properly' only to realise later that they don't. I remember QR codes, I didn't really use them but knew what it was all about. Thanks so much for your kind words Zaz, I really appreciate it.
      I too prefer to write cards, I think the ecards thing is a little impersonal. xx

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