About The C-Pen Reader
The C-Pen Reader pen scanner is major technological breakthrough for anyone learning English, Spanish or French 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, Spanish or French human-like digital voice.
The in-built dictionary puts the power of Collins English Dictionary (30th Anniversary Edition Tenth edition) and the Oxford Spanish and French Dictionaries 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 or French 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 and French 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?
I am learning English** and my mother tongue is:
I am English and learning:
I am a customer looking for the best line scanner capable of scanning in:
I have dyslexia and I am learning:
I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:
I need help reading an exam paper in:
I have dyslexia and I am learning:
I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:
*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.
Key Product Features
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, Spanish or French 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!
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
Memory - 4GB (OS 1G, User 3G)
Scan Font Size Range 6.5 - 22 pt
Electronic Dictionaries - Collin English 30th Anniversary Dictionary 10th Edition (156,120 words)
Diccionario Oxford Pocket para estudiantes de ingles 4th edition
Oxford Spanish Dictionary 4th edition
Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary 4th edition
Dictionnaire Oxford Poche pour apprendre l’anglais
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
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!
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.
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.
The C-Pen Reader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read.
Products are warranted against defects for 1 year from date of purchase.
We offer schools a free 30 day trial, please send a school purchase order to email@example.com
C610 Exam Reader
UK Case Studies
International Case Studies
3rd Party Reviews
The impact of using a Reader Pen on Year 10 learners in a multicultural urban school.
Research conducted by the Department for Education in 2013, found that 17% of 15 year-olds in England do not have a minimum level of proficiency in literacy. In 2013, just over one in eight secondary school learners also had English as an additional language (EAL) and these learners were in the majority in 117 Birmingham schools (NALDIC, 2013). It has been argued that it takes ten years for a learner to move through the five stages of second language acquisition from no language to fluency (Stats Wales, 2013) ; a high proportion of these learners with EAL have not been in UK schools for this length of time and, although many may be competent in conversational language or Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) (Cummins, 2009), and seem therefore fully proficient, they are likely to be challenged by the transition to both receptive and expressive academic language essential for examination success at 16 (e.g. Topping, 2018). These learners are therefore vulnerable and at risk of under-performing in those public examinations so crucial to their future.
Functional skills within Prisons – C-Pen ExamReader and ReaderPen supporting Functional Skills in English, levels 1-3
May I introduce one of the first studies conducted with the educational department within a prison, aimed at gaining insight and understanding of the complexities of the use of assistive technology in a restrictive environment. 3 in 10 prisoners acknowledge they have a learning difficulty and therefore confidence and a less than positive experience of education, may create a block to learning. Encouraging both areas to be explored and encouraged I felt the outcomes of the study would prove to indicate an increase in confidence, independent learning, curiosity and the capacity to explore within the prison classroom, with the right assistive technology readily available to the learner. I am pleased to say my hypothesis was supported, the results are found in the following report.
Study of an 8-year-old child with dyslexic tendencies and the C-Pen Reader for every day classroom based work
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
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
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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