The iPad is the BEST learning tool in the galaxy. As a constant learner, I am always looking for ways to help integrate my knowledge into everyday life. The iPad has made this much more practical. My grandfather always said to me, and still says today at age 95;
"The best way to go through life is to keep learning... constantly learning something new. Learn it until you've mastered it, till you know everything about it... then give it up and try something else. Yep, start from the beginning with something else that interests you and learn it until you master it... then quit and do the next thing you're interested in. But don't give up until you know everything there is to know about it. Then move on."
Life Long Learning - iPad and life long education
"In a few years, you'll know how to do a lot of things well instead of just one thing forever. Use your mind. Challenge it. Learn. Then, you can take care of yourself. Not because you know how to do many things, but because you'll truly know that you can do anything you put your mind to."
The older I get the more I am glad I listened to his advice at a young age. Learning, and knowing that I can learn anything I put your mind to, has been the best gift of all. I know that if I'm interested in it, I can learn it. Whatever it is.
The iPad creates an entirely new learning environment. In fact it takes LEARNING out of the 'environment of learning' and brings it home. All the way home. Learning occurs IN ANY environment now. iPad makes it possible to revisit those things that interest you most and LEARN them again. At your own pace, in your own place, in your own space.
One of the things I always wanted to do (iPadDad) was to learn more about the constellations. But the stars move around a lot (or we do, actually) and taking a star chart out to the bush at night just doesn't do it. However, now I've learned more about the night sky than I have in the last thirty years, and can spot the major constellations and can even tell Jupiter from Mars in the sky, thanks to iPad!
I've done this by standing in my back yard at night and pointing the iPad towards the sky and watching the names of the stars and galaxies flash before my eyes. Amazing. If you have an interest in the stars, try using GoSkyWatch. Well, here are a few of our favourite Life Long Learning Apps.
Grampa has been using his new iPad for a while now, and I am looking forward to showing HIM these apps.
Here are our Favourite Learning Apps for every age:
iPadFamily's Life Long Learning Apps
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