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A computer software program designed to support people with reading or learning challenges.
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Kurzweil 3000™ from Kurzweil Educational Systems Inc. (a leading developer of reading technology) is a computer software program designed to support people with reading or learning challenges. It is a 'screen reading' software program that reads text aloud, providing an alternative means for readers to access and engage with text in a manner that suits their specific learning needs. By enabling users to read and listen simultaneously, the software helps develop comprehension skills and can increase reading speed.
In a school setting, Kurzweil 3000™ can be used across a broad range of curriculum areas, grade levels and skill levels to support students' active, independent learning and participation in the classroom. Students who are limited by the prominence of text-based classroom materials no longer have to rely on the single format and can instead engage with digital text. They can use Kurzweil™ to access and 'listen' (while reading, if they choose) to novels, course readings, class notes, tests, and any other text-based materials. In addition to screen reading, Kurzweil 3000™ also includes a range of interactive features including writing, study skills and decoding tools, which are designed to support and accommodate varied learning styles and needs.
Who benefits from this program?
Kurzweil 3000™ is designed for use by students in Grade 3 and beyond and can be used at home or in the classroom. The screen-reading software is particularly beneficial for students who have difficulties in the area of reading. Students with language processing (dyslexia), motor learning (dyspraxia), and fine motor (dysgraphia) disabilities will find the multi-sensory approach to learning advantageous. Kurzweil 3000™ is an excellent tool for students who are strong auditory learners; it provides an accessible interface to receive, or 'take in' text, while simultaneously helping support development in reading, fluency, comprehension, writing, organization, and vocabulary skills.
How is this program delivered?
The Kuzrweil 3000™ training at RRLS is a direct instruction program. In a one to one setting, teachers direct students through the training using structured, sequential lessons, providing clear and explicit instructions. RRLS teachers who deliver Kurzweil 3000™ training have either a B.Ed or M.Ed, as well as extensive knowledge and experience with the software.
The Kurzweil 3000™ Training Program at RRLS includes:
Unique Approach to Training
RRLS offers a unique approach to Kurzweil 3000™ training. We use grade appropriate materials and curriculum resources to show students exactly how to use the programs for school purposes. Curriculum based activities are specifically used to train students and provide them with the skills necessary to effectively and independently use the technology to support their learning.
Assessment of Needs
Effective use of Kurzweil 3000™ requires an understanding of the nature of the learning difference and the particular challenges and barriers that a student faces. RRLS teachers recognize the importance of on-going evaluation and assessment and provide structured feedback and analysis of a student's progress, based on the knowledge that technology will only assist a student if the tool matches their needs.
When and Where is This Program Offered?
The ideal setting for the Kurzweil 3000™ training program is private one to one lessons at our office located at 720 Spadina Avenue, where each learning space has been designed to minimize noise and other distractions. However, lessons can also be delivered at your child's school or at your for home for an additional charge. Lessons begin with an assessment of needs and are followed by seven, one hour sessions.
Immediate and Ongoing Training
The potential application of assistive technology is greatly enhanced though a stronger foundation of knowledge and support coupled with creativity and problem-solving strategies and a structured framework. RRLS offers immediate and on-going training to assist students in acquiring a thorough understanding of the software program and the ability to effectively and independently use the features of the technology to support the development of reading, writing and study skills.
How do I begin or receive more information?
Is Kurzweil 3000™ training offered at schools?
Assistive Technology training is often recommended to students through educational assessments or psycho-educational evaluations. However, because of high demand, limited resources and a significant backlog, students can wait up to two years to get the computer, software and training.
Is Kurzweil 3000™ beneficial for ESL learners?
Yes! The screen-reading software is highly effective for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Kurzweil™ helps to reinforce learning by enabling users to listen and read, simultaneously activating auditory and visual learning modes. It is an excellent tool for ESL students.
Can any text be scanned for use in Kurzweil 3000™?
Yes, any typed text can be scanned for use in Kurzweil™. Students can scan worksheets, class notes, teacher prepared material, study sheets and any other materials they would prefer to 'listen to' as well as, or rather than, read.
How are longer texts scanned into Kurzweil 3000™?
Fortunately, teachers and students do not have to spend hours scanning novels and other lengthy texts for use in Kurzweil™. Instead, the vast majority of textbooks and literary texts are available in digital format for download. Kurzweil™ users can access a variety of databases to download the e-texts using the online menu feature 'search for books'. Longer texts can also be scanned using a document feeder, rather than manually.
Is there a way to customize Kurzweil 3000™ software to suit a student's particular needs?
Yes! Kurzweil™ users have the options to change voice levels and the reading speed (words per minute); they can also customize settings to get the most out of the program.
What other learning support features does Kurzweil 3000™ offer?
Kurzweil 3000™ users can also access the program's dictionary and thesaurus features – they can highlight a word on the screen and immediately have the definition or synonyms read aloud.
How does Kurzweil™ technology support the development of study skills?
There are many ways that Kurzweil™ can help students develop study skills, one of which is the ability to extract annotations from text. Students can highlight and digitally extract parts of a text (i.e. the main points of an article) and recreate them in a new document. This feature is ideal for creating summaries and study sheets. The software also encourages use of several distinct coloured highlighters to select various aspects of the text (i.e. vocabulary words, supporting ideas or main points). Students who use this feature can then extract multi-coloured, highlighted text to create study sheets and outlines.
Can Kurzweil 3000™ be used for research?
Yes! Students can scan in any document or text they have found in the research process and have it read back to them. Kurzweil™ also provides a 'Read the Web' feature with which students can access web sites and pages using either Explorer or Firefox. The content of the website can be read aloud to students and they have the option of using the software's highlighters and sticky notes to annotate or extract aspects of the text.