We have an extensive range of assistive learning technology, each packed with features catering to specific literary and educational needs.
Neurodiversity in Prisons
Prison education and support services are in a state of change with reading differences, such as dyslexia, starting to be identified. As a result, the number of inmates with special educational needs is becoming clearer. Ongoing research indicates that 60% of inmates have weak literacy skills, 20% potentially being functionally illiterate.
Time in prison is about improvement and rehabilitation. However, for those with literary differences enjoying a library book, access educational materials, or read letters is harder. This increases a risk of reoffence on release.
Here at Scanning Pens, we have found the potential of our reading aids in supporting independence and ensuring equality in the access to education, therefore aiding rehabilitation.
The ReaderPen Secure is the world’s first assistive reading aid that supports data compliance. Featuring no storage or memory functions, the pen is designed with security in mind. Users can have multiple lines of text read aloud thanks to text to speech technology, allowing them to read or study independently and confidently.
We have helped change so many lives with our reading pens. Our goal is to continue promoting independent learning for people from all walks of life, so why not give it a try. We offer pilot opportunities, where you get the chance to try out the ReaderPen Secure to see if it is the right fit for you.
It was important to provide the relevant evidence that our pens are safe to use within the prison environment. Standard fire risk assessments were carried out by the CQC in the UK, along with necessary security measures to ensure compliance. As a result, a fire health & safety document was created, which outlines everything in more detail.
The ReaderPen Secure cannot back charge mobile phones
The ReaderPen Secure does not have removable batteries
The ReaderPen Secure does not use Wi-Fi
The ReaderPen Secure does not have built-in memory or storage
The journey does not stop after you have purchased our pen. We have a wide range of helpful literature and other resources to help guide the implementation of our pens. There is also a range of tips and videos to ensure users are getting the most out of the pen.
Foreign National Learner, Ali, shows how he uses one of our pens to support his studies. Turkish is his first language and he describes it as his “Magic Pen” as it enables him to read and decode the words he is learning.
I know some of our students struggle with basic literacy skills. We have a GED classroom that is using one of the pens. There are around 20 students in the class and one instructor. The dictionary function on the pen is being utilized a lot. This saves the instructor precious time in answering simple “what does this word mean” or, “how do I pronounce this word” questions.
Jennifer- Education Coordinator in Kansas DOC
The more mature students (say ages 30 and up) with definite reading deficits enjoy these very much.
We have some transitioning ESL students who are technically fluent in English but in reality lack many of the reading skills to be successful who find these very helpful to improving their actual reading fluency.
I have a couple of teachers who work primarily with lower level readers who have made these an integral part of their curriculum even making assignments wherein students have to use the pens to help them identify and define words they may not know.
Susan-Principal in Nebraska Corrections
The pen is a really big help, mostly for saving our instructor time from stopping teaching to help a student with a word or two. We utilize it with our students when they are reading passages on their own because there is often a gap in vocabulary in a lot of our GED materials. It’s very helpful in keeping continuity in the classroom. The pronunciation and definition functions are really helpful. I would say the only minor drawback is a little choppiness in the readback function, but it’s nothing major. It’s a great little tool.