Claro ScanPen Reader is a state of the art text-to-speech tool that reads printed text out loud. Just point your camera at some printed text, take a photo and select the text you want to hear read back to you! In other words, it uses iOS system voices to read the text to you. Amazing what technology can do nowadays! This isn't a brand new concept it just keeps getting better with more and more accessibility. This is an ideal text-to-speech app for independent access and learning for students who struggle as reluctant readers.
It is exceptional how quickly Clare ScanPen provides all students with this assistive technology, it allows for blind and low vision users to easily have access to the printed word. Claro ScanPen helps to level the playing field for content-driven reading assignments. It is especially helpful for students when it comes to specific subjects and nonfiction reading.
HOW IT WORKS:
Take a photo of the text or select a photo of the text document from your camera roll.
Highlight with your finger or stylus which section of text you want to hear spoken to you.
Listen as Claro ScanPen instantly reads the text back to you using a human quality voice in a language of your choice.
Claro ScanPen Reader does not require wifi to work which makes it safe for students to use independently. Students can use their finger (or a stylus) to highlight any part of the text, pull it upward (this can be confusing at first) and follow the written words as it reads the text back. Claro ScanPen can be used in conjunction with the built-in iOS voices or allows one to change up the voices with an in-app purchase. This app gets an A+ for all providing scads of tutorials to get even a novice up and running!
ScanPen Premium has 10 FREE scans to try it out before buying, it is a subscription model.
Claro Software – a rapidly growing, innovative software company that develops and licenses "assistive software" uses leading-edge speech, touch and imaging technology, and adaptive techniques to make the computer easier to use.
Teachers: Learn how to initiate Guided Access here: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202612
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.