I have been a skeptic of the awesomeness of Apple’s iPad. A great quote from Twitter summed up my feelings: “I have an iPad nano aka an iPod Touch.” I regret I don’t remember who said it. Of course some of that might be a self preservation technique so I am not tempted to buy one. However, when I visited home this weekend I saw an iPad being used in a way that almost made me cry with joy.

My brother is recovering from tramuatic brain injury. After almost a year he still struggles to control the left side of his body. Someone donated an iPad to him. It is motivated without being frustrating. A tradtional computer with keyboard and mouse use is probably many months away. But the easy touch capability of the iPad gives him control and some freedom to feel connected again.

The games help him practice eye-hand coordination and entertain him during the many montonous hours in bed or of intense physical therapy. To keep him mind working he is re-learning Spanish. I am so proud. After four years of Spanish in high school, he never used it. But now he is enjoying looking up words and learning phrases to use in Spanish. He is challenging his mind and body using the iPad. Luckily I have experience with finding appropriate (and sometimes even fun) iTunes apps for Spanish. So I was able to recommend a couple.

If anyone knows other apps that would be good for him – either mental or physical practice – your recommendations are greatly appreciated.

I’m glad he has the iPad – it was great to see him enjoying it and enjoying life.

About Lisa Butler

Middle school geography teacher, tech trainer, Flocabulary MC, Nearpod PioNear, and Edcamp Hershey Founder. I have embraced the power of purposeful technology and am creative with their application. If I am not doing something with ed or tech, I am probably reading children's books, baking with a toddler sidekick, running around, or dreaming of traveling.
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