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A life-saver for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia

 

About The C-Pen Reader


The C-Pen Reader pen scanner is major technological breakthrough for anyone learning English or Spanish and is a life-saver for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. The C-Pen Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English or Spanish human-like digital voice. 

The in-built dictionary puts the power of Collins English Dictionary (30th Anniversary Edition Tenth edition) and the Oxford Spanish>English>Spanish Dictionary in your hands. Simply pass the nib across a word and it instantly displays the definition and reads it aloud. It is also a scanner for capturing lines of text and uploading to a PC or Mac, making it ideal for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information.

The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and at 50g is half the weight.  Importantly this means it can be used by a younger generation of English & Spanish learners making this learning tool suitable for children (age 6+) and adults. This is the only portable line scanner on the market that is both Mac and PC compatible. There is no software required, just connect the pen up to a computer with a USB cable and it appears as an external hard drive. Other features include a built-in voice recorder with playback.

As well as promoting Independent Reading this pen features:

  • Hear words & lines of text read aloud
  • A Collins 10th Edition Dictionary
  • An Oxford Spanish>English>Spanish Dictionary
  • Scan, store & transfer to a PC or Mac (1GB of storage & downloads to a computer like using a USB key - no software required)
  • Scan direct to the cursor on a computer
  • A voice recorder
  • Free future upgrades
  • Available in a class set of ten pens

Which pen is right for me?

Dictionary Pen

I am learning English** and my mother tongue is:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

I am English and learning:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

I am a customer looking for the best line scanner capable of scanning in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

Reader Pen

I have dyslexia and I am learning:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:

  • English 
  • Spanish
  • French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exam Reader

I need help reading an exam paper in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German

I have dyslexia and I am learning:

  • Italian
  • German

I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:

  • Italian
  • German

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Note: If you can use a yellow highlighter pen to highlight text in a book/on paper then you could get some use out of this C-Pen

** Note: If you mother tongue is not listed above, the Dictionary Pen will still help you learn English however it will not translate the word back into your language.


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US

C-Pens are amazing! In the world of AT, this is a tool everyone needs. Within minutes’ students and teachers are using the pens to read worksheets, vocabulary words, bus schedules and even cake mix boxes. My students love the fact that the pen is small and doesn’t make them look different. Thanks for making such as great tool.
— K. White, Assistive Technology Specialist, Wisconsin USA - June 2016

Key Product Features


OCR Engine

C-Pen Reader contains a high accuracy OCR that enables you to capture and save quotes and other text of interest instantly. The text is saved in text files which is then easily transferred to your computer. Extremely handy if you are a student or a reseacher or if you just want to save some text of interest. Simply use the pen to scan a word, a paragraph, or why not full pages. It´s easier than you think! 

Text to speech

Use C-Pen Reader to read printed text for you! C-Pen Reader features a high quality naturally speaking British English, American English or Spanish voices. Use it to listen to pronounciations or to help you read in general. Why not really benefit from the OCR and capture larger amount of text which C-Pen Reader reads for you while you follow the text in the text book visually? More senses = better learning. It´s easier than you think! 

Dictionary

Not sure about a word? C-Pen Reader contains high quality electronic dictionaries. Capture the word(s) and they are located in the dictionary for you. It´s an instant experience. C-Pen Reader also remember words that you have looked up and keep the history available for you. 

C-PEN READER SPECIFICATIONS

Screen OLED 256*64
CPU 600MHz
Memory - 4GB (OS 1G, User 3G)
Earphone 3.5mm
Battery 1,200mAh
Scan Font Size Range 6.5 - 22 pt
Electronic Dictionaries - Collin English 30th Anniversary Dictionary 10th Edition (156,120 words) & Oxford Spanish>English>Spanish Dictionary
Certifications CE RoHS FCC
Size Dimensions: 135*33*19mm Weight: 50g

USB - USB 2.0 High speed / Micro USB
Extracted Content - Extracted text saved as a .txt file
File System - FAT\FAT32\NTFS
Menu Languages - English

 

Voice Memos

Aside from everything else C-Pen Reader also features a microphone (and of course speaker and headphones connector) allowing you to record audio. Like voice memos. The audio files are saved in the device, can be retrieved and listened to any time. You can also upload the audio files to your computer. It´s convenient! 

USB drive

C-Pen Reader also double as a USB drive. 1GB user space is available. Most likely enough to store a backup of your documents or other important files. Connect it to a USB port on your MAC, Windows or Linix computer. 

Interfaces

C-Pen Reader uses a standard micro USB connector for charging and connecting to computers, and a standard 3.5 mm connector for your favourite headphones.

Compact

The C-Pen Reader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read. 

Warranty

Products are warranted against defects for 1 year from date of purchase.

Support

Free support is available.  The manual is here.  For the latest firmware, please click here and a version history is here.

Trial

We offer schools a free 30 day trial, please send a school purchase order to orders@scanningpens.com

Package Contents

C610 Exam Reader
Carry Case
USB Cable
Instruction Manual
Headphones

Videos


UK Case Studies


International Case Studies


Quotes


Thank you for allowing Carver Middle High School to trial the C-Pen. The pens have been used in the Language Based Program. The program provides services to students in grades 6 through 8 with severe reading disabilities. The pens have been instrumental in promoting independence in the inclusion classroom. The students are able to use the pens during class to read unknown words, to take tests, and quizzes in the classroom in place of being pulled to an alternative setting, and they have used the pens to read books, and articles that would have been read to them. The students are excited about using the pens. The pens are small, and not noticed by other students. When asked if they like the pens students responded, “they help me read words I don’t know”, “they are cool”, and “they are easy to use”. As a teacher of students with reading disabilities, I think the pens are a “must have” in the classroom. The pens are easily accessible, and the students enjoy using them. The pens enable students to learn beside their peers, and access the curriculum independently.
— Katie Laliberte, Carver Middle High School, Language Based Program
I have used the reading pen for one of my students who has limited reading skills. We used the pen last year as a trial and then our district bought some this year. He is currently in fourth grade. The student we have used it with is in an inclusion classroom with the support of a paraprofessional. She helps him read the grade level material and provides support in all curriculum areas. The reader pen takes a little getting used to, however, once you have the angle right it is very helpful. The pen has helped him to be more independent on worksheets and helps him feel more a part of the class. He is able to do the work the other students are doing without needing the paraprofessional to read it to him. Using the pen has given him the boost of confidence that “I can do this”. When we asked him what he thought of the pen he said, “I like it, I can read my books now!”
— Deb P. Special Education Teacher
I love the C-Pen reader. It makes reading so much easier for the struggling reader. It’s also wonderful for those students who benefit from having auditory input along with the visual input while reading. Plus, it helps when they don’t know a word. It’s a fantastic device and we’re extremely grateful to you for showing this to us.
— R. Richards, So. California Tri-Counties Branch IDA
Awesome technology is what our 11 year old said about your pen. Thank you so much for making written content accessible to our son. We are so grateful to you.
— From a parent via email.
“I hate to have to have the teachers come and re-read the directions to assignments, so I just sit there. I tried this once and I actually found a dictionary in there that helped me understand a word that I didn’t know.”
— Tony, 8th grade boy, English Language Learner
“Sometimes my teachers forget to enlarge the reading articles that they hand out, so I have used it to read the small print that I can’t see very well. It has been pretty cool. I don’t have to wait for someone to make me another copy.”
— Caden - 9th grade boy - Vision disability
“I used to have to wait for my teacher to read to me, and now, I go to the reader station and I can do it myself. I am not missing class as long as I used to.”
— Carol, 7th grade girl - reading disability
@scanningpens 10 months ago we bought our nearly 12 yr old #dyslexic daughter a c-pen. Her reading age was 4.9 yrs. It is now over 9!!!! she is now 12 and made her teachers cry when for the first time ever she was able to answer questions in class because she could “read” the sheets handed out! She read outloud on camera recently and is totally flying in year 8. She also has the highest number of housepoints in her year group. (1st out of 240) , all because we bought that c -pen. Its been life changing! We dont live too far from seend and she always shouts thank you for changing my life when we drive by.
— Lou ‏@sausagerisotto on Twitter

C-Pens are amazing! In the world of AT, this is a tool everyone needs. Within minutes’ students and teachers are using the pens to read worksheets, vocabulary words, bus schedules and even cake mix boxes. My students love the fact that the pen is small and doesn’t make them look different. Thanks for making such as great tool.
— K. White, Assistive Technology Specialist, Wisconsin USA - June 2016
The C-Pen has been a fabulous help. I recently was diagnosed with dyslexia and I am entering graduate school this fall and I know the C-Pen will come in very handy. I believe the C-Pen is a quality product. I spent a few months researching the different products on the market and it was the camera scanner that sold me. Thank you C-Pen, I know that I will be able to take on my future school readings with confidence.
— Martín C. Muñoz, Utah – June 2016

We are extremely pleased with the C-Pen Reader. Our seven year old daughter is dyslexic and this C-Pen reader was absolutely one of the best purchases we ever made for her. She didn’t like to read simply because at times it became very difficult and overwhelming for her to even complete a sentence or a paragraph. She has been using the c-pen reader for several months at home and in school. The c-pen gives her the ability to read on her own without having to ask for help constantly. In fact, she is using it less and only when she truly needs it to get through times when she’s struggling. The C-Pen has given her great confidence and independence to help her grow! We were concerned at first all she would do is scan everything, but that simply wasn’t the case at all. We noticed when she did need to scan lines she not only would listen to the words but would follow the words being pronounced on the screen. This was amazing for us because we realized it wasn’t just a reader... it was teaching her the ability to recognize words too! The reader is amazingly fast and the battery life is excellent lasting days. We can’t thank you enough for this powerful tool. It’s made a huge impact in her confidence, and really creates a better reading environment for her. Her reading assist specialist can’t believe how amazing the C-Pen works and the confidence it has produced for our daughter.
— Dave Lloyd, Delaware – June 2016
As the demand for exam access arrangements increases we have had to look for alternative methods that are both cost effective and pupil friendly. A laptop is not an ideal solution, and a scribe plus a chaperone expensive. Over the last three months we have trialled C-Pen ExamReader.

Our chosen pupils will require a variety of arrangements including readers. The trial has altered our thoughts on access arrangements for such pupils. The C-Pen has been a great success for both us and the pupils. We have now taken delivery of more C-Pens and The pupils will have their own C-Pen and use them not only in the Summer’s public exams but also in the classroom from now on.

We have also purchased The C-Pen ReaderPen for our reluctant readers in the lower school. We are now trialling them for two months.
— Bill Dewberry, Chingford Foundation School
Everything arrived yesterday afternoon and I have to be honest I tried it yesterday evening and was very impressed with it.

As a practising dyslexic I approach products like this with a very open mind with a view to hopefully being impressed. In this particular case I wasn’t disappointed.
— Edward
In my opinion it is ergonomic, helpful for my six, seven and nine year old to scan words quickly so the reading process is not slowed down by them having to stumble upon words and ask for help.
This is what I wanted, so I am happy with the pen.
— Caroline, a parent from Wiltshire

3rd Party Reviews


Academic Research

Study of an 8-year-old child with dyslexic tendencies and the C-Pen Reader for every day classroom based work

Introduction

Supporting young children with dyslexic tendencies is not only a worry for parents, but also for teachers as cited in an article from Dyslexia Action (2017)2.  74% of those teaching dyslexic children feel dissatisfied with their initial teacher training, questioning whether if it provides them with the skills to identify and teach children with dyslexia.  Often dyslexic children are incredibly skilled and intelligent; therefore, it is imperative early identification of dyslexic tendencies are recognised to enable the implementation of the right teaching/learning style for that child (as recommended by educational psychologist Dr. Gavin Reid (2017))7.  However, reading problems can occur due to other issues such as medical and learning difficulties.  Early identification of dyslexia can prove to be challenging. 

When a clear identification has been achieved, teachers require a bag of strategies and knowledge such as access to supportive guides; for example, the Dyslexic Screener (available online)3; awareness and instruction on the use of up- to-date available assistive technology; which in turn will enable them to support the dyslexic child; and confidence to explore the child’s learning styles to help the child reach their full potential.    Finally, the teacher will need to understand the individual child’s emotional well-being, Rosie Bissett, (Dyslexia Ireland chief executive cited in Irish Examiner, 2017)8 recently stated “It is crucial that teachers understand dyslexia while at the same time having expectations for the child…”.

There are several research papers relating to assistive technology and students with learning disabilities; livescribe pen, (Harper et al. 2016)4 android software platforms, (Tariq et al. 2016)9 mobile learning (Alghabban et al. 2016)1.  However, many of these devices are aimed at the older student.  Studies involving primary aged children focus on computer-based training programmes rather than smaller hand-held devices which may encourage independence.

This study evaluated existing dyslexic teaching strategies; sounding out, phonics, learning words from sight, multi-sensory activities and aligning these tried and tested approaches with a device which promotes independent learning; the C-Pen Reader.

A further focus for this study was to gain understanding of how a primary aged child could develop independent skills and habitual behaviours which would support their future educational journey.  The dyslexic child requires continual feedback to confirm their success, they require extra time; to enable others to listen to them read; and they need to be motivated.

Extra time to practice reading and sounding out text is of great import to the dyslexic child, followed by confirmation from the adult (who often will have 20-30 other children in the classroom), before continuing with their work.  Obviously, this impacts on the dyslexic child’s chance of achieving all the work set in each lesson due to the extra minutes they require to ensure they are confident with their learning.   The C-Pen Reader was deemed the perfect device to promote such efficiency, with confirmation coming from the pen rather than an adult.

The research question: “How effective would the early introduction of assistive technology be to the primary aged child, to encourage emotional development, independent learning and lead to positive reading outcomes?”

Mature Students with identified disabilities

Introduction

Today’s mature student has a myriad of supportive technology at hand but may find it incredibly difficult to identify which technology will provide a best fit for their individualistic needs, after all one size does not fit all.

Liaising with a large city based university in the North of England, we were in a unique position to ask them to compare the C-Pen Reader with three other pieces of technology, Read and Write, Select & Speak and Claro Reader.

Hypothesis: The C-Pen reader would receive favorable comparison in relation to other supportive technology in trials undertaken by mature students with disabilities, due to its portability and variety of features.  

English as an Additional Language

Introduction

In 2013 just over a million pupils in England were identified as those for who English as an Additional Language (EAL) (cited in Strand, Malmberg and Hall, 2015) attended a mainstream educational establishment. 

EAL Students historically have been on a par as their First Language English (FLE) peers when undertaking GCSE’s. 58.3% of EAL students achieved 5+ A*-C in comparison to 60.9% FLE students. However, identified strengths have been in maths, as opposed to reading tasks. To date research has suggested the additional funding used to support EAL students has been influential in positive outcomes for this group of students. Current funding, for all students, has been cut; with this in mind it may well be prudent for secondary schools to consider alternate supportive strategies which continue to enable the EAL student to achieve academic success. 

The study is one of an initial growth of interest studies in relation to alternative supportive tools. This study will focus on the C-Pen Reader. EAL students were each given a C-Pen Reader for use in the classroom, free periods and home study. The students were encouraged to use the pen for social reading alongside encouraging their parents to make use of the pen; studies such as that conducted by Desforges and Abouchaar (2003) have suggested the importance of parental involvement in a child’s education. STUDY OF ENGLISH AS ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE STUDENTS AND THE SUPPORTIVE USE OF THE C.PEN READER - FEBRUARY 16, 2017 3 

As a first research paper on reader pens, this initial study will concentrate on suggestions for future studies alongside the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the research findings. 

Hypothesis: Use of the C-Pen Reader by EAL students will support them to gain understanding of any written text provided in lessons and enhance positivity of emotional well-being; namely confidence and attitude to learning. 

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