Kurzweil 3000 - Reading, Writing and Learning Software for Struggling Students – offering:
Access to Any Curriculum - The software can access virtually any information, whether it is printed, electronic, or on the Web. Because Kurzweil 3000 is also content independent, teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges alike use it to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of curriculum or lesson plan.
Increased Reading Fluency - Educators and independent research have demonstrated that Kurzweil 3000 provides not only the tools students need to improve their reading speed and comprehension, but also the features that make it possible for them to learn and study independently.
Study Skills - With the aid of visual and auditory feedback, the software helps students keep up with assigned reading, learn critical study skills and successfully complete writing projects and tests. With its robust study skills tools, Kurzweil 3000 facilitates active reading including: highlighting, text circle tools, annotations, Bookmarks, Voice Notes and Extract in order to create outlines, study guides, or word lists – all things that can improve their reading comprehension and retention.
Decoding Support - It then reads the words aloud to the student in clear, humanlike, synthetic speech, while a patented dual highlighting feature adds visual reinforcement. For students who have difficulty physically accessing curriculum materials, Kurzweil 3000 provides a digital means of engaging with text and can support students who use alternative methods for accessing the computer.
Writing and Self-Editing Tools - As students type, the software speaks each letter or word, so they can quickly re cognize and correct spelling mistake s. The Check Spelling As You Type feature underlines misspelled words in red. The audible spell checker and customizable word prediction further assist students with creating and modifying reports, essays and papers without teacher intervention.
Independent Test Taking – With Kurzweil 3000, students can independently complete worksheets, classroom tests and standardized tests with greater confidence and fewer mistakes. Students with accommodations can easily answer fill-in-the blanks, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay and other test forms while using a customized selection of writing tools, comprehension aids and visual modifications. Teachers can save documents with specific toolbars and feature locks, while also controlling which Kurzweil 3000 features are available to students during testing. Kurzweil 3000 supports the teaching and learning of reading skills that are necessary for meeting state and federal mandates. Kurzweil 3000 not only reads questions and answers aloud, it allows students to type answers directly onto the image of a scanned test, thereby offering more independence for both the student and teacher. In addition, the product is proving instrumental for both classroom and standardized assessments.
The Kurzweil 3000 product line consists of three different products, all available either as standalone or network editions. Schools can mix and match these products within their environment based on their needs.
Kurzweil 3000 Professional Color
Provides for the creation and delivery of electronic documents. Documents can be scanned in color or black and white or opened from another application and saved into Kurzweil 3000 proprietary format. Kurzweil 3000 users who only have one copy of the product typically find it best to have a Kurzweil 3000 Professional which allows them to create and prepare documents as well as use the powerful reading, writing and learning tools.
Some of the features unique to the Kurzweil 3000 Professional version include:
- One-button scanning
- Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
- Edit Underlying Text
- Zone Editing
- Kurzweil Virtual Printer
- Open As PDF (OS X only)
Kurzweil 3000 Professional Black and White
Provides the same features as the Color Professional product, but documents can be scanned in black and white only. Documents scanned in color using the Professional Color product can be displayed in color in the Professional Black and White and LearnStation products.
Kurzweil 3000 LearnStation
Allows users to open documents scanned or “Virtual Printed” using Kurzweil 3000 Professional as well Microsoft Word, Rich Text, and Text, and several other electronic document formats. Kurzweil 3000 LearnStation provides the same powerful reading, writing and learning tools as the Kurzweil 3000 Professional product. Users who have more than one copy of the product often have a combination of Kurzweil 3000 Professionals and Kurzweil 3000 LearnStations.
Users can purchase the software in "Kurzweil 3000 Lab Packs", which includes a mix of Professional and LearnStation software for school or district wide use.
For pricing information on the above products, please see the Kurzweil 3000 Pricing Page.
All Kurzweil 3000 products are available in network editions, where students can log on from any networked computer running Kurzweil 3000 and access their personal settings and files. Educators and network administrators can centrally track student usage and progress and control the number of licenses in use.
In addition, the new Remote License-to-Go™ feature (for Windows only) allows granting of licenses to users’ laptop computers, so users can access Kurzweil 3000 without being connected to the network. As a result, teachers and students benefit alike by accessing Kurzweil 3000 in or out of the classroom. For instance, if a teacher wants to take work home or have an IEP meeting with a student’s parents to show Kurzweil 3000, or if a student needs to do homework, Kurzweil 3000 is available whenever and wherever they are.