There's a new technology baby at our house. My husband bought a tablet for less than $100. After several weeks, this is how it is used:
1. quick checks in the early morning to see if school is delayed or cancelled
2. Downton Abbey watching from a comfier spot than our desks
3. resource at meetings away from home
4. math flash cards for Genevieve
5. alarm clock
6. Tetris for the kids - occasionally
There is some overlap with our computers, of course, but I've been surprised at how handy the tablet is proving to be. By way of reference, we don't have smartphones, ipods, or GPS. Our laptop is ancient and slow - my husband mainly uses it to practice for exams. We have a TV that we use for playing DVDs only.
I sewed it a leather pocket with a closure like an old-fashioned envelope. I used a "leather needle" (whatever that does) in my sewing machine and a piece of soft, beige scrap leather from our local fabric outlet. I mainly use the leather envelope when I'm taking the tablet out of the house.
My husband is interested in the kind of tablet cover that opens like a book and holds the tablet to one leaf with elastic loops.
The children hover around the tablet like bees around a flower. I'm sure we will need to discuss appropriate technology use with them, but for now, we're just winging it and hoping we're decent role models.