The “New” iPad

A few good articles about the “New” iPad.


The face lift of the new iPad and the apps that look the best on it:

3 Reasons You’ll Buy the New iPad:

Ode to the iPad Part II

As promised, here are the remaining poems from Dr. Collins ENG 308 poetry class:

“The Perfect Assistant”
By Christine Lander
You do more than I could ask,
from notes and assignments
to procrastinating before I do
my work. For all you do – I spoil
you in return. With a cover that
fits perfectly and an eye catching
background. You have changed
the way I do my work. We have been
so compatible. I would change nothing
about you. And I could not be more
satisfied with your assistance.


“A Letter”
By Cori Connors
Good morning there.
We meet again.
You came from a sea
of lookalike brothers
and sisters.
But you are special,
because you are mine.


All you ask of me is to charge you up
once and a while, not much.
So I want to take a minute out
to thank you.
Thank you for
bringing me books,
and letting me see
all my notes
at once.


Thanks for letting me
poke you
and prod you
Thank you for
being the mailman,
persistently dinging
with emails and notifications.
You really are on top of your game,
you know that?


I am going to be sad to give you back.
It will be with some resistance.
But I will do it so that
you can be
in the hands
of another wanting person.
So they can appreciate
what a hard worker you are.


You little guy, you’ll be great.
You really do help me out,
Even though sometimes
you like to feed me a challenge
by throwing me off the Internet
or sending me Facebook comments
during class,
like you just did.
I respect you.
Sent from my iPad
By Erica Weiman
Dearest iPad,
I remember, like yesterday,
the day we met.
You are sleek, light,
edgy, delicate,
yet capable of so much.
Overwhelmingly so.
But don’t take that
to heart.
Other people may spend
some time with you,
but I know that
you’re mine,
even if only for
four months’ time.


“Please iPad”
By Ronia Daoud 
how I wish I could
avoid you. just
for one day, is all
I ask. But I can’t
resist to push your
smooth, glossy button
and wake you. I stop and
try to turn away but
your bright light quickly
shines and grabs my eyes;
yet again it’s love at,
is it now, fiftieth sight?
it’s two hours later
and at last I kindly
beg, “Please iPad” and
you worry. Suddenly
my fingertips tingle
to your free game
update request. I
smirk and tap you
in approval,
“Please do, iPad.”
“iPad Love Affair”
by Veronica Goin
You’ve got a skating-rink smooth surface,
that my fingers love to trace
while you play games,
educate me,
entertain me.
We conduct our clandestine affair
at work, on the desk
in front of everyone.
Everyone looks, but no one sees.
I tuck you into bed with me at night,
gazing at the movie on your face.
Sometimes I fall asleep still looking at you.


“An Unexpected Affair”
By Molly Ruslander
Oh, you…
you magical thing, you.
Mere years ago,
who would have thought
a thin little screen –
barely bigger than a paperback –
would come to play such
a central role in my life?
You bring me my mail,
you tell me what to cook for dinner,
you yell at me when I’ve given up on my to-do list.
My own personal project manager.
At least I can control your yelling –
I can make you sound like wind chimes,
I can make you sound like the roaring surf
of a hidden Caribbean cove.
I can even silence your petulant nagging
so only your vibrations are a reminder of my procrastination.
You keep me amused,
mindlessly flinging huffy birds at arrogant pigs,
weaving my way through darkened cave corridors,
or engaging my inner dictionary
with crosswords or Scrabble.
I resisted you at first, yes,
but not for long.

Ode to the iPad

This semester Dr. Jane Collins is leading an ENG 308 class in which the students are relying entirely on iPads to do their course work!  Similar to her pilot last semester in her other ENG class, this semester has started off extremely well and the students and Dr. Collins are really enjoying their time with their iPads.  Over the next few posts we will share some poems that they have written about their experiences with their new device.  Enjoy!!


“Dear iPad”
By Ahlia Rivera
Dear iPad,
I wanted you, but could not have you.
Now we have just a few moments together.
Let’s make these months sweet and passionate.
Let’s make great memories together.
I will be sad when you leave me, but I know
I will soon see you again.
Student with iPad on Loan


By Ashley Bressingham
I don’t see much use for you,
since I am currently in a committed
relationship with my Mac. Although
you don’t have as much
baggage, I can deal with the burdens I
bring with me because I am so
attached to my relationship. You are not
mine to have and hold. Only a fling,
where we both get what we want
Out of each other. I can see myself
with my Mac forever – you will
eventually leave me.


“The Edge”
By Casey Woods
When I first saw you I was disgusted
The thought of being so careful with you drove me crazy
Thought of your new technology pushed me to the edge
But as we grew together
The edge became less scary
Maybe the edge was just in my imagination


“World in My Hands”
by Kathleen Melhorn
Dear iPad,
I knew you would emit joy from the moment I laid eyes on you.
I love the wonders you bring me,
You are the most intelligent of your kind
But also the original of your species
Chic and cool you are summer waters filled with happy families.
All excited to have a big piece of their world
Something much bigger than themselves.
I can swim as far as I can and I still will never see all you have to offer.
Unless I take a boat and glide across,
But that is sailing over your possibility
So much more lies beneath your surface that I will never see
So many people love to hold you like a small child
But you are no one’s incapable baby
You have the brain of Einstein
And I can see into your greatness with one click of a button.
“Half of Me”
by Aaron White
You have put my imagination to shame
becoming that playmate I’ve been longing for.
You have Transformed my backpack into a
backpack, instead of a paperweight.
You have become handy,
like an umbrella in the rain or
a shovel in the snow
Let’s have as many dances as we can
before we have to kiss and say goodbye