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Kurzweil 3000 Version 13 for Windows


Much more than a text reader… Kurzweil 3000 is an Integrated Literacy Solution

This product is no longer available from Spectronics. However USB Edition of Kurzweil 3000 Version 13 for Windows is still available at discounted prices!

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Kurzweil 3000 is a 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 as a second language (ESL) students.

Kurzweil 3000, is research based and enables struggling readers in grades 3 and above to learn from the same content as their peers as it provides access to virtually any text or curriculum, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.

In addition, Kurzweil 3000 supports the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) enabling students of all abilities to engage with digital text. Kurzweil 3000 can be used at all levels within a multi-tiered system of support (such as Response to Intervention (RtI)) to prevent students’ academic performance from slipping.

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Why buy Kurzweil 3000 Version 13?

  1. Kurzweil 3000 can address the diverse learning needs of students at all tiers
    It embraces and supports the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by making print and electronic material available to a broad spectrum of students. The software uses a multisensory approach – presenting print or electronic text on the computer screen with added visual and auditory accessibility. Test taking with Kurzweil 3000
  2. Kurzweil 3000 provides reliable digital access to core and supplemental curriculum content, tests, and quizzes while maintaining the formatting, images, and integrity of the original document
    It includes the highest quality Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software available, which reproduces scanned print documents with the exact layout and formatting found in the original. Additionally, the document produced is in a format that leaves any alteration to the teacher, not the student.
  3. Kurzweil 3000 supports all the complex tasks of fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, study skills, test taking, and the writing process
    Kurzweil 3000 includes research-validated tools that support instructional best practices and are proven to help students learn.
  4. Kurzweil 3000 saves time by including all of the tools my students need in just one program, allowing them to learn it once and use it forever
    It is the only program that provides the same user interface regardless of whether students are reading, writing, completing notes, or taking a test. It’s this elegant simplicity that allows students to learn it once and use it for a lifetime.
  5. Kurzweil 3000 can save money, plus deliver versatility and reliability
    No product on the market can provide all these features in a single software application:

    • Graphic organisation
    • MP3 encoding
    • Picture Dictionaries
    • Talking word processor and spell-check
    • Word prediction
    • Study Skills support
    • Column Notes
    • Sticky Notes

    • Highlighters
    • Bilingual Dictionaries
    • Multi-lingual high quality text to speech
    • American Heritage Dictionary
    • Form creation, conversion, and completion tools
    • Writing Templates and Rubrics
    • Read-the-Web Access
    • Test-Taking Tools

With Kurzweil 3000 Version 13. You can have it all.

  • Anchored upon the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Support for all Response to Intervention (RtI) tiers of instruction
  • Differentiation of instruction without differentiation of curriculum
  • Access to all major digital file formats and printed materials
  • A single user interface with all the tools necessary for academic success
  • Support for fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, study skills, and test-taking
  • Research-based study skill and writing strategy tools
  • A platform for whole class, small group, or individual instruction
Vocabulary Development
Kurzweil 3000 screenshot
Comprehension Support
Embedded Bubble Notes. Click to see larger image.

Study Skills
Kurzweil 3000 supports Cornell note-taking. Click to see larger image.
Writing Support
Brainstorm/writing path

Kurzweil 3000 Features and Benefits

Patented Dual Highlighting

Kurzweil 3000’s patented dual highlighting of on screen text improves students’ reading performance by highlighting a sentence, line or phrase in one colour and each word in another colour as it is read aloud.

Quick Access to Reference Lookup Tools

One-click access to word support, including recursive dictionaries, synonyms, syllables and word spelling helps students with decoding and keeps them actively reading when they reach passages they would otherwise have difficulty comprehending.

Use Bubble Notes for Powerful Instructional Support

Teachers can embed Bubble Notes containing questions and instructions to assigned reading to help students stay on task and support reading comprehension.

Powerful Study Skills

Students can improve their reading comprehension and retention with tools such as text highlighting, annotations, Bubble Notes, voice notes, bookmarks and extraction of outlines or word lists.

Flexible Writing Tools

As students type, they can use the check-spelling-while-typing and speak-while-typing features to quickly recognise and correct spelling mistakes. The audible spell checker and comprehensive Word Prediction feature further assist students with writing and editing reports, essays and papers independently.

Read the Web Using Mozilla Firefox

Kurzweil 3000 enhances audible and visual access to web pages with Mozilla Firefox, opening up the resources of the Internet to all students, while providing the same reading and reference features that users enjoy within Kurzweil 3000.

Version 13 Highlights

View Kurzweil 3000 Version 13.02 Release Notes

Simplification of software editions

There are no longer Professional Colour, Professional Black-and-White or LearnStation editions. There is just one Kurzweil 3000 edition that has all the functions of an equivalent Professional Colour version.

Version 13 enables documents to be scanned – in colour, opened, or converted into the Kurzweil 3000 format. You can create and prepare documents as well as use the powerful reading, writing and learning tools, all in one software edition!

Version 13 is beneficial for all including educational facilities who need to create quality onscreen reading materials with graphics (such as pictures, graphs) for their students. As well as making information more visually appealing to readers, including pictures in text can be an important way of helping the reader predict the content of the text. The ability to scan documents in colour ensures that same quality reading and test materials can be made available to all the students in the class.

Greater digital file accessibility Read the Wikipedia page with dual highlighting

  • NIMAS ready
  • Output to DAISY 2 audio
  • Save to DAISY 3
  • Read the Web using Internet Explorer® or Mozilla Firefox
  • MathML support with MathPlayer from Design Science, Inc.
  • Multiple enhancements for working with PDF files

Increased Language Learning support

  • Google Translator
  • American Heritage® Human Pronunciations
  • English and Spanish picture dictionaries
  • Scan and recognise multiple languages in the same file

Additional research and process writing functions

  • Reformatted Column Note utility
  • Brainstorm to Review toolbar
  • Improved Column Note, Outline, and Brainstorm workflow
  • Direct access to Writing Templates from toolbar

Other Enhancements

  • MP3 encoder available for audio file creation
  • History feature in Talking Calculator retrieves past operations
  • Updated OCR and NeoSpeech voices
  • Read the Web for Internet Explorer 7 and 8
  • Updated dictionaries and online help

Kurzweil 3000 Licensing Options

  • Standalone – Ideal for single users
  • Network – Best for building-wide usage. Install anywhere within the network – and use up to the purchased number of licences concurrently.
  • Web Licensing – Differs from the Network Edition in several ways. Most importantly, software licences are managed via Web services hosted by Cambium Learning Technologies. In addition it allows students and teachers to install Kurzweil 3000 on any computer – school, home, library, or other as desired.
  • USB Flash Drive – Take Kurzweil 3000 with you. Portable and convenient USB flash drive contains Kurzweil 3000 for Windows and 2.6GB of available storage with no installation.

“I love Kurzweil 3000 because it helps me do my work faster so I can keep up with the other kids.”Zach Bryant, Student, Shiloh Middle School, Hampstead, MD, USA

“Hearing text read aloud by the computer is exceptionally important for ESL/EFL students, who rarely receive enough spoken input. Kurzweil 3000 reads word-processed documents, e-mail, scanned text, even Web pages. And it has excellent study tools: students can look up words in a glossary, highlight text, and create notes – and save it all into a built-in word processor for later review.”Dr. Elizabeth Hanson – Smith, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, CA, USA

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What ‘s included in your Kurzweil 3000 for Windows Version 13 package?

Standalone Product Pack: Box, Box Insert, Serial Number, Installation and Documentation DVD, IS-eContent Card

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Minimum System Requirements for Kurzweil 3000 Standalone / Network Client

  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7 (64-bit compatible)
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB (1GB for 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7)
  • Video Memory: 4 MB
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
  • Display: 1024×768 24-bit colour or better
  • Additional Requirements: DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, SoundBlaster 16-bit compatible sound card, speakers, microphone, TWAIN-compatible scanner for scanning (check scanner compatibility), Mozilla Firefox v3.5 or later or Microsoft Internet Explorer v7 or later for Read the Web functionality, Internet connection required for activation, Web Licensing and some features (Google Translate, Online Book Search, Read the Web, etc.)



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