We have had a number of students try out the pen as an alternative to the accommodation of having their test read aloud by a human reader. Students reported that they felt positive about the independence that using the Scanning Pen gave them, especially when they needed a specific line or word read a number of times. These students reported that sometimes they feel embarrassed about needing parts of the test read repeated times and can be reluctant to ask for it. The pen was used on a variety of exams including a biology exam and the student stated that the pen did a good job pronouncing the scientific vocabulary on the exam.
For our staff having the Scanning Pen has been a fantastic addition to our accommodation options. When a student who needed a reader forgot to schedule a test with us until the last minute and we didn't have a person available, the student agreed to use the Scanning Pen and it worked like a charm. Having the Scanning Pen available has given our students with disabilities an additional option for how the accommodation of having tests read aloud is implemented, it has given them increased independence during tests, and will likely save us money in the long run and is easier to arrange than having the test read by a computer program like Read and Write or Kurzweil.