LeapFrog Intros Handheld Early Literacy Device


LeapFrog School this week introduced a handheld device aimed at developing preK-3 reading skills, the Tag School Reader, part of the newly launched Tag School Reading System. It's expected to ship in June, with a software upgrade slated for an early 2009 release that will add Web-based student progress tracking and reporting.

The stylus-shaped, pocked-sized Tag School Reader is designed to be used in conjunction with Tag School Reading System books. By clicking the device on a page, students can hear the text spoken, respond to questions, get feedback, and "participate in engaging skill-building activities that help develop confidence and foster a love of reading."

When the system launches, it will include 22 volumes, including activity storybooks, children's classics, and a six-book series for transitional readers. Additional plans call for seven Spanish and bilingual titles and various interactive activity accessories to be launched in fall 2008.

The Tag School Reading System is available for preorder. Shipments will begin in June. The free Web-based student progress tracking and reporting upgrade is expected to be released in February 2009.

More information on the Tag School Reading System can be found here.

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