Reading
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Educational Technology Solves Real Problems in Reading
It is our belief that great educational technology can decrease the literacy gap and cater to the needs of each student, even when resources are scarce. Kurzweil 3000-firefly, a web-based literacy support program, provides real solutions for students who struggle to read fluently or who lack the reading skills necessary to achieve rigorous academic standards.

Students Always Have Access to Reading Materials
Establishing a cloud-based library of your own means that you will never again hear, "I couldn't find my book." Kurzweil 3000-firefly is open to any reading material, so stacking the shelves of your virtual library is simple. Educators can easily share materials with students, who can then access them from any computer, or their iPad. And usage reporting shows if students are logging into Kurzweil 3000-firefly, and for how long—providing important insights for informed instructional decisions.
Research Demonstrates the Impact of Technology on Student Achievement
The Iowa Text Reader Longitudinal Study revealed that with Kurzweil 3000-firefly, students could access twice the amount of materials in the same amount of time. In addition to reading more content, comprehension levels improved. Specifically, reading increased from a 6.9 to 8.9 grade level over the course of the study, comprehension scores for higher-level questions that required inference increased by 6% versus a 6% drop in the same question type with paper-based reading. In addition, fact-based comprehension held steady with computer supported reading, while dropping 17% for students who weren't using Kurzweil 3000-firefly.

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How does text-to-speech improve students' reading skills?
  • Students read more, at a steady pace, with audio and visual presentation of material
  • Substitution and decoding errors are removed as barriers to reading and learning
  • Human-quality text-to-speech voices reduce reading fatigue
  • Compensates for deficiencies with sight words and academic vocabulary
Increased Reading Rates Result in Greater Reading Comprehension
Text-to-speech increases reading accuracy and enables students to overcome deficits in decoding. With less effort exerted to decode text, more room is available in the working memory to actively engage in the reading material. Additionally, increases in the amount of text students read leads to an increase in students' vocabulary. Researchers at the University of Hawaii-Manoa believe that continual use of text-to-speech will lead to ongoing gains in reading vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

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Allow Your Students to Read and Succeed
The inability to read, or to read well, is the most commonly cited reason for dropout rates in U.S. schools. The gap between high-performing and at-risk students increases with age. And, 85% of all college learning comes from independent reading. The ability to read larger volumes of increasingly complex test is key for student success. With Kurzweil 3000-firefly, students are able to simultaneously develop their reading skills and further their academic learning with built-in tools that help them to read at, or above, their independent level.