It’s Here! Meet the Latest Version of Kurzweil 3000-firefly

Written by the Kurzweil Blog Team

Close to 40 updates were made to Kurzweil 3000 for Windows, Macintosh and the web-based firefly. While Kurzweil 3000-firefly users have had access to many of these enhancements with monthly updates, as part of their on-going subscription, users of only Kurzweil 3000 will now have the opportunity to upgrade their software starting today. Contact us for more details on the latest version or call 1-800-894-5374.

What Does “Close to 40 Updates" Include?
Kurzweil 3000-firefly has been updated to provide an enhanced experience for both students and educators. It is now easier than ever to provide support for students throughout the entire learning process — both in the classroom and at home. Here are some of the new features added to further enhance the overall experience.

Enhanced Reading Experience

  • Readers will enjoy the highest-quality, Acapela Text-to-Speech voices — with options from English to Spanish to Canadian French, and many more. Hear the difference, get a free trial.
  • Learners can access text in graphics or images with the Image Reader tool
  • Students with Dyslexia will have an easier time reading and writing with newly added OpenDyslexic Font, a research-based font that can also help with comprehension

Deeper Student Comprehension

  • American Heritage dictionaries were upgraded to the latest version to provide the most accurate and up-to-date references available
  • 12,000 Picture Dictionary graphics from Widgit were added; representing over 40,000 words helping students develop a deeper understanding of word meaning
  • Updates to Vocabulary Study Guides enable a “click creation" of vocabulary lists with associated definitions, also supports bilingual dictionaries (French, German, Italian, Spanish)
  • Expanded built in dictionaries, translation support and vocabulary lists help complex text comprehension

Enriched Writing Supports

  • 10 New Writing Templates assist with organization
  • Updates to Word Prediction will enable struggling spellers or non-touch typists to write more in less time, and help them to demonstrate command of the English Language
  • Academic Vocabulary List, built in to the Word Prediction tools will facilitate the use of higher level vocabulary in written assignments

Learn about the latest version of Kurzweil 3000-firefly

What does this mean for current Kurzweil 3000-firefly subscription customers?
The great news is that you have had access to many of these updates since your subscription started. As a subscription customer, you receive new features at no cost as they become available, often every month! A DVD with these updates has already been mailed to you to ensure you have the latest edition for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit our website for a list of complete features for Kurzweil 3000-firefly.

If you have an older version of Kurzweil 3000 what should you do?
Contact us! We would be happy schedule a one-on-one webinar to show you some of these new features and work with you to determine the best solution to fit the needs of your students. Learn more about the latest edition of Kurzweil 3000 and Kurzweil 3000-firefly for schools.

 

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