As an adult user, I found it takes awhile to assimilate to using an iPad. If you are a 'power' laptop user like I have been in the last few years, it just has a different 'feel'. The filing system is completely different (in fact, it doesn't exist...at least not to the degree that I have become accustomed to using on my MacBook). The best way I can describe it (to myself) is I felt for the longest time that I was always having to find a 'work around' as I navigated through tasks or simply familiarized myself with apps. Honestly, I have not mastered its UI....it still feels a bit foreign and I still find myself looking for a way to 'save' or 'save to'. Those kinds of filing and storing tasks still feel don't feel at all intuitive. For my purposes, in my work at school and home, I doubt I will ever give up my MacBook, but I think in order to get to a point where you can start to really evaluate and explore the iPad's best use in a classroom, you have to 'muss about' and figure out basic functions and navigations...otherwise, I think it is going to be relegated to a 'game playing' device or maybe a shiny glass covered 'text'....both, although valuable to a degree, don't reach its full potential.
I finally had a breakthrough when I realized I could 'create' content with the Keynote application. I read a lot of reviews and discussions about it's shortcomings and lackluster functioning, and with it's 'big ticket' price, I had hesitated to tap 'install'. But for my purposes, and because I have intentions to teach my kindergarten kids to use it, it is actually a wonderful asset and I would highly recommend making it one of your first purchases.
I will continue this discussion and my plans to create digital portfolios with my kindergarten kids in my next post.