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Mantra Lingua PENpal Empowers All Students to Verbalize

PENpal student at Conover School Mrs. Eileen Cangemi and Mrs. Rebecca Schaeffer of Conover School set out to fulfill a goal of providing all students, regardless of their disability, the ability to have access to read and verbalize their wants, needs, likes, dislikes and access the curriculum more innovatively and independently.  Through an Innovative Grant, they were able to obtain a Mantra Lingua PENpal. PENpal enables users to record speech on stickers. Once the pen touches the sticker the speech is played for the student to hear. Stickers hold up to 45 minutes of data and are re-recordable.

Some of the things that PENpal has been used to empower students to do include:

  • Mastering
  • IEP Goals
  • Reading
  • Joke Books
  • Independently


PENpal student at Conover SchoolStudents who are non-verbal are able to communicate and identify choices.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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