The Readingpen from The Reading Pen Group ( is a three-ounce personal reading device thatallows students of all reading levels, including ESL/ELL andspecial needs students, to scan printed words or full sentences andobtain the proper pronunciation, definition, and translation inseconds. It can translate to 26 different languages, and retains thehistory of the last 80 words scanned for easy review. Users can alsoutilize the pen’s text-to-speech software to hear the correct pronunciationand other information through its integrated speaker or accompanyingheadphones. Price: $99 each, when purchased as a package of 10.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2005 issue of THE Journal.