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TEST TAKING AND KURZWEIL 3000 (READING AND WRITING SOFTWARE FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS)

Presenter
David Bradburn
Director, Direct Sales
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.
14 Crosby Drive
Bedford,MA 01730
Day Phone: 781-276-0602
Fax: 781-276-0650
Email: david@kurzweiledu.com

Kurzweil 3000 is the premier reading and writing software for struggling students. Because it is also content-independent, teachers in elementary schools. high schools and colleges alike use it to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of their curriculum, or lesson plan.

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 features that make it possible for them to learn and study independently. With its unique test-taking capabilities, students can independently complete worksheets, quizzes, classroom exams or standardized tests with greater confidence and fewer mistakes.

Kurzweil 3000 provides a carefully designed environment for preparing and administering tests for students with learning or reading difficulties, and providing performance feedback. Because Kurzweil 3000 is so flexible and can accommodate a wide range of reading and learning needs, Kurzweil 3000 is the product of choice for testing in many school districts. By using the Virtual Printer, files that have been created in other applications can be used with the Kurzweil 3000.

Features and benefits that will be emphasized include:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how to access the Test Taking toolbar and customize options to enable or disable reference aids like the dictionary, synonyms list and spell checker.

  2. Explain to students how to adjust reading speed and font size to meet their needs.

  3. Insert instructions for the student in the form of annotation or voice note.

  4. Describe how to use the Kurzweil 3000 to answer the full gamut of question formats, including fill in the blank, true and false, short answer and essay.

  5. Use the Zone Editor to optimize reading order or to remove unwanted text.

  6. Describe a variety of ways for students to submit their answers, depending on the requirements.

  7. Describe how teachers can provide feedback to students in traditional and more non-traditional ways.

  8. Explain how the Virtual Printer enables teachers to open files created in any application (Word, Adobe Acrobat, TIF, Daisy) and use them with the Kurzweil 3000.


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