Kurzweil Educational Systems of Bedford, Mass., a leading developer of reading technology for students who are blind or have difficulty reading, has released a new version of its Kurzweil 3000 scanning, reading, and writing solution.

The enhanced version 6.0 uses a multisensory approach to give students with poor reading skills, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities more flexibility in accessing and comprehending print and web content. The software highlights text on the user’s computer screen as it reads the text aloud. Students can adjust the speed at which the text is spoken and can choose from a variety of reading voices. The software also features a built-in pronunciation editor, so users can adjust the pronunciation of specific words and proper names.

Kurzweil 3000 gives students more independence with features such as audible spell-checking and word prediction to help them write. It also contains study-skill tools, such as on-screen color markers, annotation notes, sticky notes, voice notes, and bookmarks. The software supports PDF files, and students even can use it to compose eMail.

Kurzweil offers “floating” software licenses, so students can log on anywhere throughout the school. The Kurzweil 3000 Color Learning Lab Pak costs $539 per seat, but volume discounts are available.

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