AlphaSmarts are a brand of portable, battery powered, word-processing keyboards. They have been around since the mid '90's but are very handy for giving more options for writing. The company no longer makes the model that we use but you can find more info on their website. The text is auto-saved and there are multiple files on each one so that up to 8 students can save their writing. The text files can be transferred to a computer text document for more formatting and editing options. My students use AlphaSmarts for writing blog posts.