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Talking Books – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Can I get discounts when I order?

We provide volume discounts for large orders. Please contact us for further details on this.

Can I use the Talking Book when I am travelling?

On a trip, you can use the earpiece to listen while in the car, on the bus, train or even an airplane (during the time allowed for using portable devices).

Can the Talking Books be branded?

We can brand the Talking Books for individuals, organisations, politicians, government agencies, etc. The Talking Books can be used:

  • As gift items
  • As promotional items
  • For Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – e.g. “Adopt a School” initiatives
  • Etc.
Does the Talking Book have any Warranty?

The Talking Book comes with a 1 Year Warranty. We also provide after sales support for the products beyond the warranty period.

How can I trust the veracity of the content of the Talking Books?

We work with expert educators and linguists to produce the content of the Talking Books.

How can the whole family benefit from the Talking Books?

The Talking Book can bring the whole family together as they use one Talking Book to learn languages or as parents use it to teach their children.
Families can have as many packs as needed to enable members of the family learn languages and other subjects covered by the Talking Books (e.g. Mathematics, English, etc.) at their own pace. It can also be used as a medium for family bonding – where parents and kids can play games together with the Talking Books to help the children (who do not know the local language) to get excited about learning Igbo or Yoruba for example.

How do I know when to recharge the Mavis Pen?

The Mavis Pen will give you an audible “low battery” message when it has about 10% of charge left. At this point, it is advisable to connect it to charge.

How does the Talking Book compare with the computer for learning?
  • Ease of Use: Anybody (literate or illiterate) can start using the Talking Book after a few minutes of first exposure. This has been tried and proven with kids in a rural community who have never gone to school.
  • Power: The Mavis Pen (used with the Talking Book) uses very little power (less than 2.5Watts). This means it can also be recharged with very small, portable solar power modules.
  • Portability: The Talking Book is very portable. The Mavis Pen can easily fit into a person’s pocket, purse or bag.
  • Cost: The Talking Book is very cost effective compared to computer/tablet/smartphone based learning solutions.
How many years does the Talking Book last?

The Mavis Pen can last several years and the longevity of the books will depend on handling. Please note that the pages of the book are sensitive to water and the product is not waterproof.

I am a parent. How can I help my child who is not old enough to handle the Talking Book?

Parents who have young kids (3 years and below) can use the Talking Books to:

  • read stories to them
  • play music for them
  • increase their vocabulary by tapping on pictures and letting them learn what they represent
  • help them to start learning letters of the alphabet, words, numbers and simple sounds
  • help them play games in the Talking Books
  • generally help them to start learning how use the Talking Books and to cultivate the good habit of reading. When they are older, they will be able to use the Talking Book on their own.

As a parent, the Talking Book also gives you an opportunity to help your child learn as it simplifies things for you. Your child will appreciate the interest you are showing in his/her education. Need we add that giving a quality education to your child is one of the best things you can do for him or her.

I am a school owner. How can the Talking Books help me?

With the Talking Books, you can reduce the number of teachers you can engage and still achieve better learning outcomes.

I want to start a school. How can the Talking Books help me?

With the Talking Books, you can reduce the number of teachers you can engage and still achieve better learning outcomes.<

Is the Talking Books designed for use by only children?

Both adults and children can use the Talking Books

Our local language is going extinct. How can the Talking Books help us?

We have a laid out structure for digitizing other languages (on demand) into the Talking Book format. Please contact us for details.

What else can the Talking Books be used for?

The Talking Books can also be used for:

  • Learning in IDP Camps
  • Mass Literacy Programmes
  • Nomadic Education
  • Health Education Programmes (in English and/or local languages)
  • Agricultural Information Programmes (in English and/or local languages)
  • Technical and Vocational Education
  • Persons with Special Needs Education
What kind of results can be achieved with the Talking Book?

Results from our Mavis Education Programme (MEP) Centre in a rural community here in Nigeria have shown Out-of-School Children using the Talking Books alone can achieve better learning outcomes in as little as six (6) weeks. This is hardly the same with children who have spent up to nine (9) months in a conventional school. Details can be provided on request.

What kind of things can I learn with the Talking Books?
  • Languages: English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, French, Spanish, Arabic, etc.
  • Mathematics, Science, Physics, Biology, etc.
  • We will constantly be releasing various Talking Book versions covering subjects from Primary to Tertiary Education.
Where can I see a demo of the Talking Book?

The product videos are on our website (maviseducation.com). You can also see the product live at our office in Abuja or at any of our reseller locations. See the contact page for the locations and contact information.

Where has the Talking Book been used before?

Current users of the Talking Books include:

  • Private Schools
  • Homes in Nigeria and abroad
  • Military (Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force)
  • Rural Communities – At our Mavis Education Programme (MEP) Centre
Why can’t a child not just go online and learn instead of getting the Talking Book?

The Talking Books gives most of the advantages of online learning offline – without the distractions, high bandwidth/streaming costs, Internet availability issues (especially in Nigeria and many other countries)

  • We have a laid out structure for digitizing other languages (on demand) into the Talking Book format. Please contact us for details.
  • With the Talking Books, you can reduce the number of teachers you can engage and still achieve better learning outcomes.
  • With the Talking Books, you can reduce the number of teachers you can engage and still achieve better learning outcomes.
  • Results from our Mavis Education Programme (MEP) Centre in a rural community here in Nigeria have shown Out-of-School Children using the Talking Books alone can achieve better learning outcomes in as little as six (6) weeks. This is hardly the same with children who have spent up to nine (9) months in a conventional school. Details can be provided on request.

Current users of the Talking Books include:

  • Private Schools
  • Homes in Nigeria and abroad
  • Military (Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force)
  • Rural Communities – At our Mavis Education Programme (MEP) Centre
  • We work with expert educators and linguists to produce the content of the Talking Books.
  • The Talking Books gives most of the advantages of online learning offline – without the distractions, high bandwidth/streaming costs, Internet availability issues (especially in Nigeria and many other countries)
  • Ease of Use: Anybody (literate or illiterate) can start using the Talking Book after a few minutes of first exposure. This has been tried and proven with kids in a rural community who have never gone to school.
  • Power: The Mavis Pen (used with the Talking Book) uses very little power (less than 2.5Watts). This means it can also be recharged with very small, portable solar power modules.
  • Portability: The Talking Book is very portable. The Mavis Pen can easily fit into a person’s pocket, purse or bag.
  • Cost: The Talking Book is very cost effective compared to computer/tablet/smartphone based learning solutions.
  • The Mavis Pen can last several years and the longevity of the books will depend on handling. Please note that the pages of the book are sensitive to water and the product is not waterproof.
  • The Mavis Pen will give you an audible “low battery” message when it has about 10% of charge left. At this point, it is advisable to connect it to charge.
  • The Talking Book comes with a 1 Year Warranty. We also provide after sales support for the products beyond the warranty period.
  • The product videos are on our website (maviseducation.com). You can also see the product live at our office in Abuja or at any of our reseller locations. See the contact page for the locations and contact information.
  • We provide volume discounts for large orders. Please contact us for further details on this.

The Talking Books can also be used for:

  • Learning in IDP Camps
  • Mass Literacy Programmes
  • Nomadic Education
  • Health Education Programmes (in English and/or local languages)
  • Agricultural Information Programmes (in English and/or local languages)
  • Technical and Vocational Education
  • Persons with Special Needs Education
      • We can brand the Talking Books for individuals, organisations, politicians, government agencies, etc. The Talking Books can be used:
        • As gift items
        • As promotional items
        • For Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – e.g. “Adopt a School” initiatives
        • Etc.

Please contact us for more details.

  • Languages: English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, French, Spanish, Arabic, etc.
  • Mathematics, Science, Physics, Biology, etc.
  • We will constantly be releasing various Talking Book versions covering subjects from Primary to Tertiary Education.

Both adults and children can use the Talking Books

  • The Talking Book can bring the whole family together as they use one Talking Book to learn languages or as parents use it to teach their children.
  • Families can have as many packs as needed to enable members of the family learn languages and other subjects covered by the Talking Books (e.g. Mathematics, English, etc.) at their own pace. It can also be used as a medium for family bonding – where parents and kids can play games together with the Talking Books to help the children (who do not know the local language) to get excited about learning Igbo or Yoruba for example.
  • Parents who have young kids (3 years and below) can use the Talking Books to:
    • read stories to them
    • play music for them
    • increase their vocabulary by tapping on pictures and letting them learn what they represent
    • help them to start learning letters of the alphabet, words, numbers and simple sounds
    • help them play games in the Talking Books
    • generally help them to start learning how use the Talking Books and to cultivate the good habit of reading. When they are older, they will be able to use the Talking Book on their own.
  • As a parent, the Talking Book also gives you an opportunity to help your child learn as it simplifies things for you. Your child will appreciate the interest you are showing in his/her education. Need we add that giving a quality education to your child is one of the best things you can do for him or her.
  • On a trip, you can use the earpiece to listen while in the car, on the bus, train or even an airplane (during the time allowed for using portable devices).
  • Same as using it in the library. See explanation on library use above.
  • We provide a 5-way Audio Splitter that connects to the audio jack of the pen to enable up to 5 people to use the Talking Book at the same time without disturbing others. This mode of use encourages group participatory learning. Any learner who is not the one holding the Mavis Pen will simply point at what s/he wants to listen to and the one holding the Mavis Pen will tap on it, so that you and your friends can hear the audio through your earpieces.
  • Yes, but you must use the earpiece that comes with the pack or any other standard earpiece to connect with 3.5mm audio jack to listen on your own in a library so that other library user will not be disturbed.
  • You can connect the Mavis Pen to an external speaker to amplify the sound via the inbuilt 3.5mm audio jack. You can also connect it directly to a mini-speaker or connect this to a Bluetooth transmitter to use it with a portable speaker that has Bluetooth.
  • The inbuilt speaker is loud enough for you and a small number of your friends to share the Talking Book. You have to make sure that your friends are seeing the pictures and text on the pages of the book very well so that they can learn better.
  • There are two ways to charge the Mavis Pen. The first is charging the Mavis Pen with the Wall charger that comes with the pack. The second is charging the Mavis Pen with a computer
    • Charging with the Wall Charger: Connect the USB Cable that comes with the pack to the Mavis Pen. Then connect the other end of the cable to the Wall charger that also comes with the pack. Plug the Wall charger into the power socket. This will charge the pen.
    • Charging with a Computer: Connect the USB Cable that comes with the pack to the Mavis Pen. Then connect the other end of the cable to the computer. Be sure that the computer is switched on or, at least, on sleep mode.
  • When the Mavis Pen is charging, the LED indicator on the pen will show a steady red light and then go off when it is fully charged. It takes about an hour to fully charge the pen when using the Wall charger that comes with the pack. Please ensure that you do not use any charger other than the one that comes with the pack, except you are using a computer to charge the Pen. Using any charger other than the one that comes with the pack will void the product warranty.
  • The Mavis Pen lasts about 6 hours of continuous use on a full charge.
  • The Mavis Pen can hold up to twenty (20) Talking Books of 60+ pages each.
  • The Talking Book Pack comes with two main components:
    • The Mavis Pen™ (a digital pen). The Mavis Pen contains the programs and also sounds out the audio.
    • An actual physical Talking Book of your choice (e.g. English learning French).
  • The Talking Book Pack also contains:
    • 1x Wall charger for the Mavis Pen™
    • 1x USB Cable (which connects to the Wall charger for charging the Mavis Pen, or connects to the computer for updating the Mavis Pen. When this USB cable connects to the computer, the Mavis Pen can also be charged.)
    • 1x Earpiece (for personal listening. When this earpiece or any other standard earpiece is connected to the Mavis Pen, the audio from the inbuilt speaker of the pen is cut off.)