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In response to recent school closures across the country, Scanning Pens is doing its best to ease the transition for students with reading difficulties. With many students not set-up for remote learning, it’s important we approach strategies to ensure learners are able to continue building their literacy skills.


Scanning Pens has always offered free trials & training to all schools to level the playing field for young learners. For the first time ever, we’re now offering parents free trials.


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The C-Pen ReaderPen scanner is a 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 aloud with an English, Spanish or French human-like digital voice.

The internal dictionary puts the power of the Collins English Dictionary (30th Anniversary Edition Tenth edition) or Oxford French and Spanish 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 learners making this learning tool suitable for children (age 6+) and adults. This is the only portable line scanner on the market that is truly portable and requires no computer; however, when wanting to use with a computer is compatible with PC, Mac, Linux & Chromebooks. 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 English Dictionary
  • Oxford French and Spanish Dictionaries
  • 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
£200 one-off cost

A set of 10 pens is purchasable from £1900 and is delivered in a protective case.

Trial Options
1 month

The ReaderPen is available for a free 30 day trial using multiple pens at once for schools and colleges. This trial can be requested on Lended

Shrewsbury College

Case Study

Lesley Urquhart, Assistive Technologist – Assistive Technology Update

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