Wednesday, February 10, 2010


A very interesting device that I was introduced to at ATIA was the PenFriend.  The PenFriend is basically a voice labeling device.  When you touch the PenFriend to a specific place it will vocalize.  The spots come with the PenFriend and can be programed to say whatever you want.  So you could place them in a book and when a child touches the pen to the spot it would read the page!  The Pen friend can hold up to 70 HOURS of audio!!!  and there is no limit to how much audio can be programmed for each dot.  This could be a very useful tool in classroom settings to help kids be more independent in reading books, and definitely meets the multiple means of representation that UDL recommends.

- Patrick

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