PENpal

  

PENpal is a device which marries digital technology with print. Sound-enabling books, posters, sticky labels and fact charts, PENpal turns classroom learning, personal reading and even bird-watching into an audio-visual experience.

PENpal is portable, easy-to-use, and provides a unique interactive experience. Our award-winning pens are used in various international markets including education, tourism and products for blind and partially sighted people. Over 20,000 PENpals have been sold in UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

PENpal stores audio files downloaded from our FreeLINK software, and can then be used to read aloud our books, charts, posters, activity packs and collaborative learning games. It runs on long lasting, rechargeable batteries (a 2 hour charge will be sufficient for at least a day's normal use in a busy classroom). It has 4GB of memory which is expandable to 16 GB. 4GB will hold about 250 hours of audio content. It connects to your computer via USB, and through FreeLINK (the online library of over 1000 free dual language audio files) users can manage easily whatever file they need.

Users can also record their voice with PENpal onto recordable stickers so that they could sound enable ANY book or poster.
"PENpal expands our possibilities in being creative and spontaneous..."
"Many of the children who used the pen showed their excitement by usual phrases like -'It's so cool', 'It's extraordinary' 'It's magic' etc. From a learning skills point of view, the children said that hearing back their reading clearly showed them how they needed to improve their expression/tone and also speak clearlyDesigned with young learners in mind, PENpal is child friendly in every way!"

PENpal has a washable rubberised silicon sleeve that protects it from impact and makes it comfortable to use. PENpal is supplied with two rechargeable batteries, a USB cable and 100 free recordable stickers. Importantly, PENpal is bundled with several free software to extend its use. YouCreate, ShareLINK, FreeLINK, CreateLINK. There are over 800 books which are PENpal enabled, over 200 posters and 7000 recordable sticky labels.

PENpal is a teaching tool that appeals to audio, visual and kinaesthetic learning styles.
 
Penpal is very easy to use. Just 3 steps:
1. switch on Penpal       2. Touch the start arrow printed in every book   3. Touch 'soundspots' on any page.
 
 
See what you can do on a page in Marek and Alice's (Polish) Christmas:
 

 
In Marek & Alice's Christmas, touch Grandad's violin and listen to the sweet music; touch dog and hear him speak in dogspeak; touch Marek and listen to him sing 'Silent Night'.
You can switch to 'Self Recording Mode (M)' and sing your own version of 'Silent Night'. Any time afterwards, you can hear both versions of 'Silent Night'!
PENpal enables teachers to contextualise content specific to their own class or pupils' needs.
Some books have sound spots hidden for users to discover; top corners of all pages are sound enabled to playback narrations in English with the appropriate language.
All books have dual language.  However if you wish to make your own talking book, use the free YouCreate software!
 
PENpal is a teaching tool that reaches all areas of the curriculum.
It is a part of the TalkingPEN family. For older students, try FotoPEN; for blind or partially sighted, there is PENfriend (sold exclusively through the RNIB), coming soon VideoPEN.  (Museums use DiscoveryPEN)
They all work on the same core technology and all books, posters, labels.
 
PENpal costs $120. It includes two rechargeable batteries, 4GB sd card, usb cable, 100 self-recordable sticky labels and the suite of free software.
 
There are accessories for PENpal: colored silicone sleeves, colored headphones with 5 way audio splitter, usb cables, 4GB sd cards. You can find them under PENpal Accessories.
 
Experience for yourself how PENpal works from the demonstration on the Homepage. Touch English and then the corner of the page and listen in English; select Polish and touch the same spot and now you will hear the text narrated in Polish
 
 
 
 
 

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