I just found out earlier this week that I was accepted into a summer seminar called We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, hosted at James Madison's Montpelier. It runs from July 6-9, it's completely free (including lodging and meals), and I'll get a class set of textbooks in addition to a number of other cool items to enhance my curriculum.
Yay! I'm excited.
Now, my dilemma is that I don't have a laptop. Eric and I both just have iMacs, which really aren't too portable. So. I want to buy something small and useful to bring with me. Plus, then I'll have a portable device for other events/activities (like when I'm presenting at the VCSS Annual Conference in October - yay, again! I just found out today that my proposal was accepted).
I'm trying to decide between a netbook and an iPad. I can get a netbook for under $300 and an iPad starts at $499. But, I'm a Mac girl, I much prefer their OS and software programs, and the iPad would work better with my desktop. Although, I'd definitely need to use it to type, and the netbook has a real, albeit small, keyboard. However, I've read reviews that say the iPad's keyboard is really easy to use. And the netbook would have a camera and microphone, while the current generation of the iPad does not.
What do I do?
The netbook would be cheaper, but is that $200 savings worth it in the long run? I. DO. NOT. KNOW.
Luckily, I have until July to decide.