kurzweil 3000 + firefly Features



Bringing each piece of the literacy puzzle together with one easy and proven solution ensures that instruction and learning become personal—and meaningful progress becomes possible.


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System Requirements

Processor

1.3 GHz Pentium 4 or better

System Memory

2 GB

Hard Disk Space

2 GB of free space

Operating System

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Windows 10 is supported in Kurzweil 3000 version 14.12 and later, and version 13.33 and later

Video Memory

4MB or better

Screen Resolutions

1024x768 24-bit color or better

Bandwidth

All installed clients use some amount of bandwidth to connect to web services. Although the clients will work at just about any speed, we recommend a minimum of 56k/student, 512k/lab.

Additional Requirements

DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, SoundBlaster 16-bit compatible sound card, speakers, microphone, TWAIN-compatible scanner Mozilla Firefox v3.5 or later or Microsoft Internet Explorer v7 or later for Read the Web functionality Internet connection HoverCam® Solo 8 camera requires available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

Read

  • 31 Natural Text-to-Speech voices
  • Text-to-Speech in 18 languages and dialects
  • Customizable reading rate and presentation
  • Improve readability with OpenDyslexic font and Text magnification
  • ABBYY FineReader® OCR-highest accuracy in reading aloud
  • Magnify text for learners with visual impairments
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Read text in Word, PDF, EPUB, RTF, Daisy, and on the Web
  • Read locked text in PDFs and images, exactly as they appear
  • Access to over 1,800 classic literature texts
  • Create MP3 files and add to iTunes Playlist
  • Resume Reading brings opens the exact page you were last reading
  • Ensure reading and test-taking integrity—now even faster—with Dual Zone Editing
  • Use Page Range to bring in select pages or chapters into the online library
  • Read aloud basic math with Talking calculator
  • Change background and text color with the click of a button

Comprehend

  • One-click access to American Heritage dictionaries®; Fifth Edition, Children’s, and College Writer's Dictionary
  • Widgit Picture Dictionary and Talking dictionary
  • Expand word choices with the Synonym button
  • Vocabulary study guides; English and bi-lingual
  • Engage learners with 5 different Note tools; including Sticky and Voice notes
  • Mark important place in text with Bookmark tools
  • Highlight key text structures with Multiple colored highlighters
  • Cross-out text to aid with the process of elimination
  • Identify important information with red and blue Circle buttons
  • Create Study guides
  • Organize text into Column notes
  • Stay on task with research using Online reference tools within the software
  • Support active reading, note taking, and chapter summaries with templates
  • Translate words or full passages to 70+ languages

Demonstrate: Writing

  • Writing Path facilitates writing from beginning to end
  • Map ideas with Brainstorms and Graphic Organizers
  • Start writing with template Outlines
  • Word prediction offers words based on frequency
  • Use Word lists to facilitate the use content specific words, including Tier 2 academic vocabulary and Language of Literature
  • Practice spelling and check spelling
  • Speak as typing helps learners self-regulate their writing
  • View outlines and drafts simultaneously with Split screen

Demonstrate: Test-taking

  • Create a test or assignment with the Test-prep Toolbar
  • Lock features for a test or quiz
  • Password protect tests and other documents
  • Create assignments with fill-in-the-blank, essay, multiple choice, short answer, true/false
  • Customize accommodations with a Test-taking tool bar

System Requirements (all clients)

  • Minimum Intel processor, running Mac OS 10.7 through 10.12.
  • Minimum 1 GB RAM.
  • Minimum 1 GB hard disk space.
  • DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone, Internet connection for Read the Web functionality.
  • Image Capture-compatible scanner.
  • Additional Web License (only) Requirements:

  • Internet connection required for product use. All installed clients use some amount of bandwidth to connect to web services.
    Although the clients will work at just about any speed, we recommend a minimum of 56k/student, 512k/lab.

  • Kurzweil 3000 does not currently support thin-client based environments as it was not designed for some of the special requirements of these systems.

    Read

    • 31 Natural Text-to-Speech voices
    • Text-to-Speech in over 18 languages and dialects
    • Customizable reading rate and presentation
    • Improve readability with OpenDyslexic font
    • ABBYY FineReader® OCR—Document recognitition
    • Magnify text for learners with visual impairments
    • Keyboard shortcuts
    • Read text in Word, PDF, EPUB, RTF, Daisy, and on the Web
    • Read locked text with ImageReader in PDFs and images, exactly as they appear in the original
    • Access to over 1,800 classic literature texts
    • Create MP3/audio files and add to iTunes Playlist

    Comprehend

    • One-click access to American Heritage dictionaries®, (including College Writer's Dictionary), Widgit Picture Dictionary, and Talking dictionary
    • Expand word choices with the Synonym button
    • Vocabulary study guides; English and bi-lingual
    • Engage learners with 5 different Note tools; including Sticky and Voice notes
    • Mark important place in text with Bookmark tools
    • Highlight key text structures with Multiple colored highlighters
    • Identify important information with red and blue Circle buttons
    • Create Study guides
    • Stay on task with research using Online reference tools within the software
    • Support active reading, note taking, and chapter summaries with templates
    • Translate words or full passages to 70+ languages

    Demonstrate: Writing

    • Writing Path facilitates writing from beginning to end
    • Map ideas with Brainstorms and Graphic Organizers
    • Start writing with template Outlines
    • Word prediction offers words based on frequency
    • Use Word lists to facilitate the use content specific words, including Tier 2 academic vocabulary and Language of Literature
    • Practice spelling and check spelling
    • Speak as typing helps learners self-regulate their writing
    • View outlines and drafts simultaneously with Split screen
    • Dictation available for text input via a microphone

    Demonstrate: Test-taking

    • Lock features for a test or quiz
    • Password protect tests and other documents
    • Create assignments with fill-in-the-blank, essay, multiple choice, short answer, true/false

    k3000 WebAccess (firefly)

    Access content and common literacy supports any device or computer with internet access and dive deeper with the most comprehensive suite of literacy tools installed directly to Mac and Windows computers.


    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    Web License
    • Internet Connection
    • Internet Browser (latest version recommended): Windows: Internet Explorer (minimum version 7.0), Firefox (minimum version 3.0), Chrome Macintosh: Firefox (minimum version 3.0), Safari (minimum version 3.0) Cookies must be enabled
    • Minimum bandwidth of 512kbps for each active firefly session
    • Network Connectivity Firewalls, proxy servers, and content filters must all permit access: HTTP (TCP port 80) HTTP and HTTPS (TCP port 443)
    • Additional Software (latest version suggested): Adobe Flash 10.0 – 11.6 Adobe Reader (optional)
    • Hardware Speakers or earphones for audible books
    Kurzweil 3000 Web License client software, for Windows or Macintosh, is required in order to remove folders from the shared firefly Universal Library.

    Web-based Reading

    • Click to open files from Google Docs, Bookshare, Reading A-Z
    • Read text in Word, PDF, RTF, JPG
    • Read the Web Chrome extension with customizable options
    • Customize reading options; speed, mode and units
    • Zoom in for low vision
    • 31 Natural Text-to-Speech voices
    • in 18 languages and dialects

    Web-based Comprehension

    • Highlight in yellow, blue, green and pink
    • Extract notes and highlighters into a Study Guide
    • Access Definitions instantly with American Heritage Fifth Edition, Children’s, College writers dictionaries
    • Translate full sentences and passages
    • Read embedded Text Notes and Sticky Notes (or hide them)

    Web-based Writing and Assignments

    • Write or edit documents online with the Web Editor
    • Customize text-to-speech reading options
    • Correct misspellings with Taking spell-checker
    • Word prediction recommends words based on frequency
    • Cross-out text in assignments and tests online

    Web-based Management

    • Centralized and flexible user management
    • Usage reporting school or district-wide
    • Online Library—no file storage limit

    iPad App

    • Access content saved in your online library
    • Change reading speed, mode, units
    • 31 Natural Text-to-Speech voices
    • Text-to-Speech in 18 languages and dialects
    • Translate full sentences and passages
    • Access to Definitions instantly
    • Highlight in yellow, blue, green and pink
    • Cross-out text for assignments and tests given with the iPad
    • Read (or hide) Text and Sticky notes
    • Magnify text with the swipe of your fingers
    • Resume reading the last page you were on


    "When a student first uses k3000+firefly I get to see that "ah ha!" light come on. The perplexed look changes to "wow, I've got this—and now I will WANT to—and CAN! Love the product, you give great tech support too which is vital to a user success."
    - Rebecca Cagle, Student Services Coordinator