Hot Dots makes ordinary flash cards into individualized basic skills tutors. Use like regular teacher-directed flash cards with individual students or small groups. Add the Hot Dots pen (EI-2752, sold separately) and students can drill independently with Hot Dots instant reinforcement. Students touch pen on correct answer and get a positive response. The plastic storage case included also makes these great send-home helpers for those students needing some extra reinforcement. All for about the same cost as regular flash cards.