This is a perfect example of when a product purchased off the shelf can become assistive technology! The LiveScribe
The Pulse smartpen is a computer within a pen that captures handwriting and simultaneously records audio and synchronizes it to the writing. To get it going tap on your notes to replay what was recorded from the exact moment they were writing. With pre-printed controls at the bottom of the dot paper notebooks, they can fast forward, rewind, jump ahead, pause or even speed up or slow down the audio recordings to easily access information. All of this information, including the audio, can then be uploaded into your computer to save, search for keywords or share with friends, colleagues and classmates. Pretty amazing, huh?
As reported by Business Wire: "LiveScribe
To explore this tool further, visit their site at www.livescribe
More information can be found about ideas for using the Pulse Pen as Assistive Technology on Tim Fahlberg's site. He has some great ideas to share with how to use the pen in an educational setting.
Enjoy these Ideas for use in the Classroom to Support Special Needs:
- Taking notes in class as opposed to trying to keep up with handwritten notes. Record through the Pulse Pen while just outlining the lecture on the LiveScribe
composition books (and then upload to the website). Talking notes.
- Recording and listening to notes before a test so to become familiar with the vocabulary needed/required.
- Write part/Record part of assignments when challenged with writing.
- Talking Labels- use to create flashcards (question on one side/answer on the other or a visual i.e. word, math fact, etc. on a single side, with the answer only available as speech i.e. touch the answer dot), site words, or put on objects around a room to make them talk for VI and/or ELL students.
- Record steps in new daily activities such as directions for doctors, directions for meds, task analyze a new task and record step-by-step how to perform the task. (taping the square of LiveScribe
paper right onto his prescription bottles), etc.
- AAC - make "talking icons" using the recording dots for non-verbal students (especially those with autism may find this an exciting alternative.)
- AAC- make a talking scene, grid or core word board. An alphabet page could even be integrated.
- Have teachers record their tests for students to hear the questions without needing an adult reader.
- Talking picture books can be made by printing pulse paper on labels and stick the labels on the pages.
- Make a Talking Word Wall in the classroom.
- Design talking recipe cards.
- Make a talking photo album.
The SmartPen Blog offers further ideas worth exploring.
Be sure to check out this listing of Educational Uses. This is a nicely organized listing!
For the visual/auditory learners, view this: