Take a peek at this article Eric shared with me last night. I've posted an interesting graphic from it below; it provides a lot of good fodder for discussion.
Our home has an iPad (and Eric and I could be accused of being slightly tethered to our iPhones)...and it may have been the keystone to getting someone in my household finally proficient at evacuating a particular cavity in his body, but like confectioneries, I believe in moderation. (I mean, I instituted an every Friday doughnut date with Miles when he started PreK.)
Part of my attraction to Felix's childcare and Miles's PreK is their focus on real-life play. At a recent parents' meeting, Miles's teacher said, "we go outside and explore whenever possible. And I do a lot of playing old school games like red light/green light, Simon says, and we learn a lot of the old nursery rhymes." I paused and thought--it says something when a teacher makes a point to emphasize the incorporation of what used to be the standard. Back when I was 4, there was no alternative.
Sure, I sung the praises of the iPad during our recent travel up the northeast (ie, LIFESAVER on a plane!), but I'll stick to counting and categorizing real bugs over electronic bugs any day.