CHICAGO (CBS) — From the humble Apple 2 computer to the mighty iPad, Steve Jobs’ vision and attention to detail have left an indelible imprint on countless lives.

CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.

The interactive computing power of iPads has been a part of classroom life at Chicago’s Burley Elementary for barely a year and already they’ve made a difference.

“The students take so naturally to the digital devices and are able to be creative with them in exciting ways,” technology specialist Carolyn Skibba says.

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Third-grader Joe Koziara was using his iPad to make a newspaper article. He also knows who invented the device: former Apple CEO Jobs, who died Wednesday.

To many students at the school, Jobs is something of a hero.

“I have probably used every product that he’s made — I’ve used an iPad, I’ve used the iPhone, iPod,” third-grader Dylan Partner said.

The impact of Jobs’ gadgets and gizmos is not lost on Americans of any age. They’ve been touched by his revolutionary computers and smart phones.

Merle Lustbader of Chicago’s Gold Coast feels “in sync” with her family, including her college-age grandchildren.

Jobs’ vision helps medical professionals see in new ways, too, improving the quality of their care.

“I can show the parents on the growth chart where the child sits,” Dr. Cynthia Waicus of Rush University Medical Center said.

Outside Michigan Avenue’s Apple store, folks left flowers and letters to a man they called a genius.

“It works exactly with my life. I really was in tune with his vision,” Colin Ochs of Lakeview said.

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