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Is there an app for that?

So, we’ve been saving since September to buy an ipad. Yes, I know I wrote a previous post about too much technology, and yes, I am still struggling with that. However, an ipad that has 4G connectivity seems to be the best way for us to access the internet wherever in the world we may be.

We finally got it (a “Mother’s Day present” for me), and I have been up late every night trying to figure it all out and find the best apps – mostly the best apps for travel and the best apps for home-schooling and  education. What I have discovered to this point is that I need an app to organize myself and my life (and my apps). So, is there an app for that??

It seems there are millions of apps, and I want to know which are the best one to actually buy (and yes, I have read all the online articles entitled “Top Ten Apps”etc, and I’m still confused). I have downloaded quite a few free ones so far, but they just take up space unless they are actually useful. And I don’t know if they are or not.

So, is there an app that can accommodate several potential travel itineraries side by side so I can compare and see what seems like the best option? Is there an app to replace the scribbler in which we house all our notes on selling the house, building the new house and travelling? Is there an app that tells me how to teach the weird new-age math strategies to my 8 year old so that she doesn’t come back to grade 3 all old-fashioned and behind? Is there an app that will ensure my 13 year old will still know how to play the clarinet when we return so she can be in the grade nine band? Is there an app that tells me if the website that says “only one seat left on this flight” or “last day at this price” “or book now to save $500” is actually for real?  Is there an app that will measure my blood pressure as I try to get my head around all the apps? Is there a yoga app to calm me down if I inadvertently slip into panic mode and end up with high blood pressure?

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Too Much Technology?

One of the things we have been trying to figure out is what technology we need to take with us as we travel? We need a device on which we can access the internet the majority of the time we are away, so we figured an ipad with 3G would be best; we’ve been looking at those. We got our daughters netbooks for Christmas, but are now wondering if we could have managed with just one – we thought one each so that when we are doing “school work” they could all work together, but now that one daughter got an ipod touch for Christmas it seems everything you could ever need is right there on that! So, what do we keep and what do we ditch??

I’ve been trying to plan our travels online for the past six months or so, but I just bought a Lonely Planet’s Europe on a shoe string travel guide, and it has given me the first semblance of a plan (which six months on the internet did not manage to do!). Maybe we are feeling like we need to rely too heavily on technology. Perhaps the classic guide book and some paper and pens would be enough?

All that remains is to find out which technological items we can return to the stores!

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