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Kurzweil is a text-to-speech software with many features including web highlighting, reading text aloud, scanning of books or documents to be read aloud or typed into such as worksheets or tests, writing/typing assistance such as word prediction, spell check and speak as you type, converting text files to audio files to listen to on your Ipod or on a CD, highlighting text for study skills, outlining and mapping of facts and ideas, and much more! Check out the video tutorials below.

Kurzweil - Reading, Writing and Learning Software for Struggling Students

Kurzweil ™ is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners.

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 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, 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 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.