iPad, you Pad, we all Pad…

Okay, I got an iPad.  On day one.  It wasn’t my plan… I don’t know what happened.  I was going to wait and let other people go first – let other people remind us why we shouldn’t buy “generation 1” of any new product.  But then the glowing reviews started to hit… then I found myself in the vicinity of a Best Buy… found myself calling just to see if they had any left (they did)… found myself looking for justification (“I’m going to by one eventually anyway…”).

And then, boom.  There I was, walking out of Best Buy with an iPad in my hands.  And I really, really like it.  My kids and I were all snuggled in bed the night before last, watching “The Muppets Take Manhattan” streamed directly from Netflix to my iPad.  Whee!  This morning I was thumbing through today’s issue of USA Today on my iPad while eating my cereal.  (Honey Nut Cheerios, if you’re interested.)  We’ve been taking it out to eat with us, and we’ll all play shuffleboard on the iPad together while we wait for our food to come.  Unlike a little iPod Touch or my iPhone, the iPad games just yell out “play together!”  It’s family fun.  And I think it’s going to catch on.

Why is that relevant to this blog?  Well, maybe it isn’t.  But technology is always changing, and we need to figure out how to use what’s next to help kids learn about God.  So as we adapt What’s in the Bible to be used in Sunday Schools, one of the ideas being kicked around is creating activities to support the teaching that leaders would walk kids through on an iPad.  Maybe we’re ahead of the market there, but an iPad is cheaper than a laptop, and much easier to use and more interactive than a tiny little netbook.  So we could be on to something here.

By the way, thanks again for all the Big Bang – Genesis 1 comments, and the continued civility of the discourse.  I’m not going to jump in to the discussion with more opinions of my own, because fundamentally what I’m trying to do with WITB is teach the essentials of our faith, and recognize when there is an area that is unresolved.  Genesis 1 is an unusual genre of Scripture known as “exalted prose” and has been confounding theologians since the time of Augustine.  Once the majority of conservative Evangelical scholars come to agreement on how best to interpret this tricky bit, I’ll present their conclusion clearly and with zest!  Until then, though, in the words of the leading Intelligent Design proponent Philip Johnson, when there is a controversy, “teach the controversy!”  We’ll talk about the major positions and let you decide which you believe is correct.  Hope you don’t mind!

On that note… here’s a really nice review of What’s in the Bible we just came across today… (click here to read it).

Comment on a post
10 comments
mcbennett06
mcbennett06

Please make more after you finish The Bible. Maybe Bible stories in depth etc. We have learned so much. We do not want this to end.

Julie
Julie

God's people need to take advantage of all of the technology out there! My boss is always fond of saying that the dictionary definition of technology is: the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, esp. in industry. Practical purpose - teaching the Bible! What better use of technology. Besides...the iPad reminds me a bit of a flannelgraph. A flannelgraph with unlimited cutouts to tell all of the stories in the Bible...but still the same principle. ;-)

Deb Jay
Deb Jay

Just tonight I was talking with my small group of 8th grade girls about reading scripture on-line. In this digital age, we have so many tools at our disposal to keep us in God's word. Thanks for thinking ahead for our kids!

ryan d
ryan d

I'm all for some JellyTelly/WITB on iTunes/iPad/whatever. You know how many little ones play with mom and dad's iPod Touch apps? Quite a few. Do it!...as God leads, of course. "I can do nothing on my own..."

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

As I read this my mind and heart says yes this is what we need to see more of. Maybe because I've been working on a library design with more computers and plugs than bookself space (thesis and theory, don't think books are leaving too quickly but with ipad and nook it may not be too far.) But I say paying attention to the technology and stepping forward with things for kids rocks!!

Calum Henderson
Calum Henderson

Glad to hear you guys are trying to stay on the cutting edge. Keep up the awesome work!

Aaron Koch
Aaron Koch

I would like to see an iPhone/iPad Jelly Telly app. I think with 100 million devices by the end of the summer it makes a very logical market. My son and I are looking to begin iPhone/iPad development this summer. My CFO (my wife) approved it, well it comes out of my expense account, hey I needed a new laptop anyway. Keep up the good work Phil (and Co). We all appreciate it very much. Aaron Koch Christain Youth Minister Posted from an iPad

Doug Hanna
Doug Hanna

Glad you like the iPad (And yet you just pushed me another step closer to it for myself- GAH!) But I'm still not a fan on cross-posting you're two blogs. Where do I comment? Where do I read? I get both blogs to my feed reader too, so I have to mark them both as read. Perhaps you could post stuff on one blog, and if it was very interesting/relevant, then you could post a blurb saying "Go read this!" or something of the like. But anyways, best wishes!

Angie Dunham
Angie Dunham

That would be wonderful if you would come up with a App so the kids could interact with whats in the Bible! Always looking for religious apps! Please make it for the ipod touch too cause i can't afford a ipad yet! Thanks for always coming up with ideas to help are kids grow in Christ!

Henry Zonio
Henry Zonio

I am so excited and proud and a whole bunch of other words... that you are taking a step and pioneering the engagement of digital natives! I can't wait to see it all unfold. And I'm eagerly awaiting the pocket book (aka my wife) saying it's OK to get an iPad :)