The CPen Reader is a portable, pocket-sized device that reads text aloud through speakers or headphones with a human sounding digital voice. It is ideal for people with dyslexia, learning to read or learning English as a second language.
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The C-Pen ReaderPen" is a stand alone digital highlighter. The device has
three main features: text reading using a high quality natural speaking voice,
obtaining definitions from a Collins dictionary and capturing text remotely
to file or directly to a cursor point on any computer. Simply select your
application, scan, and enjoy the benefits!
Instant word lookup in dictionary
Scan to hear words spoken aloud
Scan and save to file/copy files to computer
Scan text directly to PC/Mac/Linux
Record/listen to audio
1GB user space storage
Optical Character Recognition Engine
Built-in speaker + 3.5mm earphone jack
1GB user storage space
High quality natural sounding text to speech voice (British English)
The C-Pen ReaderPen" has made a dramatic
difference to the student's life both emotionally
This is the conclusion of Gay Shillaker, Specialist teacher
at West Hatch Secondary School in Essex following the
pilot of the C-Pen ReaderPen" with one of her students.
The academy currently has over 1,200 students on roll,
with 102 on the Special Needs Register, 62 with English as
a Second Language and 210 Pupil Premium pupils.
Gay describes how the pen was piloted, We trialled this
pen with one of our Dyslexic Year 7 students. She uses the
ReaderPen" every day across all areas of the curriculum
with a number of staff that includes myself on a one to
one basis. Staff are fully aware that the student uses the
pen and have allowed her to use it as and when required.
This is usually when there is continuous text to read and
the C-Pen ReaderPen" gives her the independence so she
is not reliant as much on in class support.
Gay goes onto to add, The product has been most
beneficial in areas of the curriculum that involve large
volumes of reading and writing including English,
Geography and History. Furthermore the student has
found the eDictionary very useful because it reads out the
words as well as giving correct spelling and definition.
So what does the student, other teachers and the Senior
Leadership Team (SLT) think?
Gay explains, Feedback from teaching staff, SLT and of
course the student herself have been very positive.
The main benefits being improved independence, fluency
of reading, improved comprehension, enabling her
to understand the text and extending her vocabulary
knowledge. This allows support to be redirected,
enhancing the values of the school's ethos to promote
independent learning, resourcefulness and resilience in
But how did this affect the student's academic
Evidence from recent progress checks has shown a
marked increase in her National Curriculum (NC) levels
and she is currently working above target in English, Maths
and Science. As a consequence both her confidence and
self-esteem have greatly improved. The student does use
the pen at home and the parents are fully supportive.
They have been extremely impressed and encouraged by
As she is now able to fully access the text she has the
confidence to not only read aloud without the use of the
pen but ask questions which she wouldn't have done
before. Her current reading age has now increased from 7
years 7 months in October 2014 to 9 years 2 months as of
17th May 2015.
Case Study 2: Ryde Academy
In summary I would consider the C-Pen
ReaderPen" to be a huge success for the
reasons outlined above and I would highly
recommend it to other colleagues/schools and
students which is why we would love another
Ryde Academy is another school who has adopted the
C-Pen ReaderPen", with 4 students being allocated a
pen on a daily basis to use throughout the duration of the
school day. The pens were used in a multitude of lessons
encompassing a wide range of tasks, from revision to
reading tasks to group work activities. The school has
1,053 students, with 20% on the SEN register.
The school felt the product would considerably enhance
the student's access to learning being able to read words
effectively, independently and discreetly in the classroom.
Nicola Pritchett High Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) at
Ryde Academy explains how they decided which students
should be equipped with the pen and the desired results
they were hoping to achieve.
We use the Salford Reading Test, which helped us to
identify students with lower than average levels of literacy
who could benefit from the ReaderPen". The desired
outcome of using the pen was to ensure the students were
able to independently decipher difficult or unknown words
when reading through passages of text on a worksheet or
textbook, enabling them to fully understand the work as a
result. This would particularly aid students with dyslexia or
low reading ability.
So what did the students like about the pen?
The product appealed to the students because of its size.
The pens were portable, easy to use (with simple, basic
buttons) and were discreet which was an extremely
important feature for our students who did not want to
draw attention to the aid.
By having access to the pen, were there areas of the
curriculum that yielded greater benefits to the students?
The pens have been hugely successful in English lessons,
for reading/scanning through long extracts and also in
Science lessons, where students come across new and
challenging scientific vocabulary.
How would the school summarise the key benefits of the
Nicola explains, The pens have enabled teachers to let
students read or look up difficult words independently,
differentiating a variety of texts, without having to ask for
help. The students using the pens all said they felt more
independent as they did not need to ask someone else to
read the more difficult words and they could get through
their work at a quicker, more efficient pace.