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ReaderPen | C-Pen | Reading support | Human reader alternative | Classroom aid

ReaderPen | C-Pen | Reading support | Human reader alternative | Classroom aid

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One piece of good news came out of the JCQ’s supplementary documentaimed at SENCos and assessors, in which they state: Scanning mobile apps, such as Adobe Scan or Microsoft Office Lens, are another alternative to pen scanners. These apps use OCR technology to scan printed text and convert it into digital form. Users can then have the text read aloud to them or view it on a screen. Scanning apps are handy for individuals with visual impairments but can also benefit individuals with dyslexia or other reading difficulties. Additionally, audiobooks and podcasts are popular alternatives to reading for individuals with visual impairments and blindness. These resources provide access to a wide range of literature, including textbooks, novels, and non-fiction books. Text to speech tools The next change I thought was noteworthy was the amendment to the use of computer readers in Maths and Science examinations. The guidance states that computer readers:

Reading pens are suitable for people with visual impairments or reading difficulties. However, their effectiveness depends on an individual’s specific needs. What are the benefits of using a reading pen? There is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best pen for reading depends on an individual’s needs and preferences. What is a reading pen for dyslexia? AI Dubbing Automatically translate and dub new or existing videos in over 100’s of languages with AI video dubbing.Lastly, the Livescribe Echo Smartpen. This records everything you write and hear, so you never miss a thing. You can then transfer your notes to your computer. Ideal for anyone with dyslexia and who needs to record lectures or meetings. However this does not scan and read text aloud. A candidate may use a computer reader in components of these exams that assess reading because it still allows the candidate to independently meet the reading requirements. Speechify AI Avatars & Video Create polished videos without any actors or equipment. Turn any text into high-quality videos with AI avatars and voiceovers – in minutes. The CPen READERPEN enables individual words and lines of text to be read aloud. It is completely self-contained, NO computer or Wi-Fi required to use the reading function. The C-Pen has multiple built-in dictionaries to search definitions including the Oxford Primary Dictionary. It not only scans in multiple English accents, but also in other languages, including French and Spanish. This reading pen is probably the best choice for day to day use.

This means that a SENCo must have assessed the student and have concluded that they need additional arrangements (a computer reader, for example) in the classroom. Provided this support was used regularly, it would be considered a candidate’s ‘normal way of working’ and be permitted in an exam. You can also find lots of really useful information in this short video hosted by Gemma, ‘ Using DocsPlus in exams’, in which she explores DocsPlus’ exam-friendly features and answers some common questions about access arrangements.Braille displays and embossers are another type of reading aid that blind individuals can use to access written content. These devices convert digital text into Braille, allowing users to read the text through touch. They can be connected to computers, tablets, and smartphones, making it easier for blind individuals to access digital content. Audiobooks and podcasts SENCos may wish to consider the use of technology to a much greater extent instead of readers and scribes. Computer readers, examination reading pens, speech recognition technology and word processors not only allow candidates to work independently but are also a better preparation for Further and Higher Education and the world of employment."

Our supportive word processor DocsPlus is a great option for students who require additional access arrangements in exams. Not only can DocsPlus save schools time and money that would otherwise be spent on human scribes and readers, it also enables students to participate in exams more independently. Reading pens are handheld devices that use OCR ( optical character recognition) technology to scan printed lines of text and read them aloud. They are a great alternative to human readers and valuable for people with visual impairments, dyslexia, and other reading difficulties. They can be an excellent assistive tool for people with age-related vision changes and those without visual or reading impairments who find reading through text to speech more convenient or less straining. Reading pens use text to speech (TTS) technology to read printed text aloud. TTS computer software may be a cheaper and more convenient alternative for readers who prefer reading text on their computer, tablet, or phone screen. These tools can read text aloud to users, making it easier for them to understand and absorb information. One can also use TTS tools with other assistive technologies, such as scanning apps and reading aids. Speechify – an excellent alternative to reading pens The benefits of using a reading pen include increased reading speed and fluency, improved comprehension, and greater independence in reading.Some apps focusing specifically on the primary education of students with dyslexia and dysgraphia include Easy Dyslexia Aid, Reading Eggs, and Phonics Genius. These tools are available for Android and iOS, providing a user-friendly and fun learning experience. What’s more, our updated iPad version of DocsPlus now features the DocReader and Exam Mode for the first time, giving you more choice when deciding your students’ technology provision. Notable reading pens on the market include the C-Pen Reader Pen, C-Pen Exam Reader, OrCam, and the Wizcom ReadingPen.

The JCQ released their latest update to the access arrangements guidance for England and Wales earlier this term. Although it is likely that only students in England will be taking exams next summer, it is still worth exploring the changes regarding the use of technology. For information on assistive technology that can help people with dyslexia go to:,- apps-for-dyscalculia and Reading aids, such as colored overlays, reading rulers, and text highlighters, are also helpful tools for individuals with dyslexia. These aids can help reduce visual stress and improve reading fluency and comprehension. This should make these assessments significantly more accessible for students with reading difficulties. Assistive technologyhas become essential for many people, allowing them to navigate their daily tasks more efficiently. Reading pens are one of the gadgets that can significantly help people with visual impairments or reading disabilities. However, not everyone may find reading pens suitable for their needs, so we’ll discuss some alternatives. What are reading pens?C-Pen also have over models, such as the LINGOPEN (for EAL students); READERPEN SECURE (for workplace use) and CONNECT (a Bluetooth enabled scanner pen/digital highlighter with embedded character recognition). The candidate must have had appropriate opportunities to practise using the access arrangement(s) before his/her first examination. With our new DocsPlus Universal licencing system, you can ‘mix and match’ licenses across Windows/Mac computers and iPad/Chromebook devices, so your students can use the equipment that has become their standard way of working. It’s a really positive sign that the JCQ are advocating the use of technology, as it can have huge benefits for students who struggle with reading and writing.

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