BETT 2006 Shows Innovation and Creativity

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BETT 2006 showed this week education products from over 600 vendors to about 27,000 educators, parents, and others interested in information and communication technology (ICT). BBC News featured a story about a talking pen as an aide for language learning.

Among (these vendors) are Mantra Lingua, manufacturers of Talking Pen Francais. Move the pen over a word, sentence or picture and the student hears the words spoken by a native speaker.

Mantra’s managing director, Robene Dutta, says the pen can bridge the gap between traditional classroom language learning and the practice pupils may need to improve understanding and pronunciation.

I wonder if someone will make such writing-to-speech available as simple self contained option with a digital pen.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.

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