I've been suffering from "Blogger's Block" of late which is surprising considering I just got back from NECC 09 and have "written" many posts in my head. Unfortunately, getting them from my head to the fingers has been especially challenging. I'll ease back into writing with a quick post about a truly innovative way to use the Livescribe SmartPen. I learned about this at the Livescribe booth at NECC09.
If you are new to the SmartPen technology, it is a phenomenal computerized pen that links audio to whatever you write "so you never miss a word!" Great for students who struggle with notetaking or benefit from repetition and review when they need it.
But, here's the incredible part. The Livescribe SmartPen is also an affordable communication support tool! With a human voice no less! Read all about it here - "Augmentative Communication: A Low-Cost and Lightweight Communication Device with Natural Speech."
Here's one way to create image or text-based pages:
- With the smartpen turned on, but with Paper Replay Record off, write a word on the page.
- Tap the Paper Replay Record button.
- Write a check mark (or other small symbol) next to the word.
- Speak the word.
- Tap the Stop button.
- Repeat steps 1-5 for the list of words.
- To use the page, the nonspeaking user simply taps on the mark next to each word to hear it spoken.
Additional points to consider:
- The pen that created the pages is the only pen that will work to play back the audio. So, velcro may come in handy here.
- The device user will need to be able to manipulate the pen to touch the keyword or symbol for playback.