As we know the iPad has been a whole new experience for our classroom readings and discussions. The other day we talked about how “natural” the iPad was for reading the poems of Dickinson and Whitman. I do believe it seems rather unnatural to be sitting and reading the poems of these authors on this piece of technology. I think the reason I find it unnatural though is that it makes me think about the actual authors when they wrote the poems. They penned the poems on sheets of papers, letters, anything they could find. It was the art of writing and creating with your own hand. To read the poems on an iPad in a way takes away from what seems natural. Maybe its just my own somewhat utopian view of myself sitting outside on a beautiful day with the breeze blowing reading these great works on… an iPad? Like I’ve said before, I do not wish to bash the very existence of the iPad. I do think its invention is a great thing, but for English classes I’ve been so conditioned to read from a book. It has a provided a whole new experience that has taken awhile to get used to.