Image via CrunchBaseWhen you have some basic problems with your hands, why not make life easier on yourself? I really have more problems manipulating a computer than most folks. So periodically, I look at different things to make my life easier and I am very excited about the iPad and tablet computers in general. But I am also very excited about using the iPad for brain fitness.
Brain Fitness is important for more people than just people with learning disabilities. It is important for the aged, the aging, and people with mental illness. As people age, their cognitive abilities and memory decreases. People with mental illness also can suffer from a fog that inhibits their ability to remember and process information. Also, brain fitness means enhanced cognition for the well.... it means that you can think quicker and remember more.
Other things that the article looked at included defining major cognitive features to include: System integration and syncing, a Rich annotation framework, Collaboration, Mute Function Attention, and Affordable, ratable content. System integration and syncing is really important because cut and paste doesn't always work to well when you have a very poor visual memory -- mine is only 9%. I can't always remember where it was or what I am doing in mid stream. So if you add to the fact that you can't remember what you are cutting and pasting with the mechanical problems of grabbing, you find that some of the great innovations of ease-of-use of computers really don't work as well for you as for most people. When information is integrated and synced between applications, it automatically populates cells. Very important when your eyes don't track. Collaboration is a nice feature as it means that information is shared. This means my husband can add items to my calendar or tasks to a task list! I can also do likewise to him. A mute function is good to protect against information overload. And finally, affordable, ratable content means that I can get to information or books that I want without paying an arm and a leg. If a vendor does not strike deals to get content, a device is rendered useless.
So here's a quick evaluation of the Ipad that I found over at Sharp Brains. I will be excited to try the iPad when it comes out.
iPad Evaluation Check-List
|Powerful personal task-manager||Yes (Third-party)|
|Graphic Organizer||Yes (third-party)|
|Powerful outliner||Yes (third-party)|
|User-activity monitor||No (but within reach of Apple)|
|Integrated self-testing system||No (third-party can do part of this).|
|Major Cognitive Features|
|System integration and syncing||Yes (for what is provided, annotations not yet supported)|
|Rich annotation framework||No (but it is within reach of Apple)|
|Collaboration||Some (annotations not supported)|
|Mute function (Attention Protection)||Close (iPad is attention-friendly)|
|Affordable, rated content||Major publishers are on board; book prices currently high; intelligent quality rating system not announced|
From SharpBrains article by Luc P. Beaudoin