Ins and Outs of and ITouch

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Ins and Outs of and ITouch
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Sat, 11-10-2012 - 12:55pm

Please enlighten me.  Zeph has been wanting an ITouch.  He received a Nano and was thrilled but now and then mentions ITouch.  I think its because his friends have one.    Meanwhle he dropped his Nano and cracked the screen.  it works and he hasn't asked for a new one, but Target is selling them Black Friday for $195 plsu $40 Target gift card plus 5% off wiht the red card so I'm considering it.

Why are they cool?  Can you NOT have online access and still play games, music, etc?  Do you need them linked to a credit card? Do they take photos, send email?  One of his friends says he texts from his.  Do you need a data plan then?  He has a DS that he plays with I don't know if he need another device to play games on (one is too many already IMHO).  The price is low enough that if he just uses it for music, I'm okay wiht that.  I'm showing how non tech savvy I am.  DH set up our Itunes accounts and I have no idea how they work.

Thanks for help.

Heather

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Sat, 11-10-2012 - 2:38pm

I honestly have nothing negative to say about the itouch except if they are dropped and the screen breaks it's about $100 to get it "repaired".  They actually send you a refurbished one.  All three of my kids have the 4th generation.  They all have internet access, home and school.  I can talk to them at school through twitter to let them know things, like I won't be home or to ride the bus today.  Love that part.  My son who is in HS is allowed to take pictures of the notes on the board if he can't get them written down fat enough cause they have a tendency to run out of time for that.  My girls will do the same sometimes.  The credit card info can be removed from the itouch.  You don't need internet to play certain games some need interent access to work.  No internet to listen to music.  It also doesn't need to be plugged into the computer to sync, it does it through icloud now and can be charged from a wall plug which we had to buy seperate but things may have changed since then.  You don't need twitter to talk to someone though.  It has a Facetime app that two apple products can talk like skype sort of.  Or through FB messaging.  There are also free apps for texting.  I think it replaces the cell phone for us.  My kids do not bug us about having cell phones anymore.  They seem really happy with the fact that they can talk to friends on their itouches through one of the above mentioned.  

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Sat, 11-10-2012 - 2:42pm
Best part? No huge bill at the end of the month that surprises us. Just internet bill and the rest of free. Plenty of free apps that you don't have to buy any or too many. Also, it can be used for school, to research or used as a dictionary. I love that app. Thesaurus too.

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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 9:15am

Thank you.  I have am uch better understanding of its capabilities.  The price is good and I know he'll be thriled.

I am pretty anti technology- we don't tweet, text, and are not on facebook.  I believe books are meant to be smelled, held and pages dog marked and highlighted not read on a screen.  I usually turn down skype requests and call them instead.  We still write letters (and email) and phone people.  I am a dinosaur:)  While I have the windows version of the Iphone, I use it as a camera/video camera and to make the occasional call.  I've made less than 10 in the few months I have it.  DS has no reason to be on the internet, he researches the old fashioned way-journals, magazines, books... It sounds like it would be for music for now and weekly chat time with grandmas who are much more tech savvy than I am with their Ipads.

On a side note, they don't let the kids type their notes either on a laptop/tablet or phones to print out at home?  They have to write them?  That seems old fashioned- contradictory coming from me.

 

 

 

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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 9:51am

Not here.  The kids still have notebooks to take notes on, and some teachers even photocopy notes. 

However for AP gov't and AP US history- Kristen had to go online and print out the notes for class each day.  She sent in projects by email for her AP Music Theory class, AP US History and (I think) government.  And her 2 major papers she wrote for the dual-enrollment English class last year had to be sent in online.  But those were all college-level classes.  None of the regular high school classes she took had those options.

Crazy.  You'd think that especially since the high school here is wired for internet- every single one of the teachers has internet access etc in their classroom that they'd use it a little more.

Cheryl

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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 10:13am
Zeph would rather highlight than note take on readings, but when he does take notes, he would much rather type them than write them. I would think in the tech age, typing would be overtaking writing.

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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 10:39am
i think it may depend on your learning method also. Jordyn takes notes in class, then she comes home and re writes them, color codes and highlights them, or she'll flow chart them. Redoing them helps them stick in her mind better. I am visual, so that way helps me quite a bit also, and I can "picture" things in my head when I need to. Jordyn is a combo learner, partly visual. She types find, but for whatever reason, typing things out doesn't translate into her mind as well as handwriting things.
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