What is Kurzweil?
From their website: "Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL)."
Note: Kurzweil is now available with a county-wide network license within FCPS schools. General Education teachers can utilize the program with all students. If a teacher wants Kurzweil installed on a computer, contact the school's technology coordinator.
- Use Kurzweil as an audio word processor to help students spell and proofread their work.
- Use Kurzweil on the Promethean Board to identify main idea/detail, vocabulary/definition, and other text features with the built in highlighter tools and circling tools.
- Use Bubble Notes to embed questions for students to answer or reminders of what the student should be thinking about as they read the text
- Use the translate feature to communicate with ELL students
- Computer with Kurzweil installed (See your technology coordinator)
- Speakers or headphones for audio
- Within Kurzweil, click Help > How To Videos
- Using Kurzweil in the General Education Classroom (PDF)
- Kurzweil Basics (Promethean ActivInspire flipchart)
- Kurzweil Troubleshooting Tips (Promethean ActivInspire flipchart)
- Questions? Call Envision Technology at 1-800-582-5051
FCPS ACT Team Resources:
- Kurzweil Cheat Sheets
- Kurzweil Editing Zone
- Creating Outlines
- Follow-up to outlines: word prediction
- Customize the Toolbar and Read the Web