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  • Washington School: Kids dig Reader Pens

  • Kids can read independently, or to each other
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  • Kids in Renee Tangquist's kindergarten class at Washington School arrive for school and go straight to the reading corner to grab the AnyBook Anywhere Reader Pen. It's a device purchased with money raised from Washington's vendor fairs that reads books to kids using software set up by the teachers.
    Speech Pathologist Holly Wavra came up with the idea and she later partnered with Brigette Burzette-DeLeon to bring them to Washington. Their first batch was 14 Reader Pens. The last batch was purchased in August right before the beginning of the school year so kids could use them on day one.
    How it works
    The AnyBook Reader Pen uses a touch, record and playback process to allow parents and teachers to record a library of books. Reusable stickers that come with the package are placed on a book page and then the pen reads back to students when they touch the sticker.
    The pens enable children to read more independently or to read to each other. It has been proven to improve language skills by bringing stories to life with familiar voices, allowing children to read at their own pace and promoting reading for enjoyment.
    Teachers can share books with other classes and share pens (which hold up to 200 hours of stories) or change out the books by making new recordings on the stickers.
    The Reader Pen can also be purchased online by families and recorded stories can be shared by long distance relatives or soldiers overseas.
    To learn more, visit anybookreader.com.
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