A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to independently access text (books, worksheets, tests, or projects), will learn from the text they scan, and will be empowered instead of frustrated. By taking ownership of the tools they may need to learn, kids may be motivated to complete activities that typically require a good deal of reading. Claro ScanPen helps kids approach reading and content learning in a new, flexible way.
Ease of Play
The app is easy to use and quickly responds to user input (scan, highlight, audio).
Products & Purchases
In-app purchases allow users to buy additional reading voices, and there's no parent gate (except your own Apple ID), but potential purchases aren't advertised or highlighted.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The optical character recognition (OCR) technology that converts text to audio is as good as it gets. Arguably, the most impressive feature is how quickly it allows kids to snap a picture, process the page, highlight, listen, and move on to the next page. Though not intended to replace reading-comprehension instruction, this app levels the playing field for content-heavy reading tasks, especially as kids gather information to meet classroom demands. One disadvantage is that the voice reading the text is computerized, so emphasis is not always placed on the right words in a sentence. Also, if a page is not scanned clearly, the computerized voice will only read independent letters it identifies: Some kids may not understand what's happening and may grow more confused about what they're hearing. As they use the app and learn how to troubleshoot the blurry parts of text, kids will grow more confident in the process. So long as the user takes a clear picture of typed text (not handwritten), this tool makes text much more accessible to kids who struggle with reading.
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