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Fall Webinar Schedule
Higher Ed Digital Content Using AccessText and Kurzweil 3000-firefly
According to reports, 75% of community college students do not graduate or transfer to a four-year program. Many of these students have disabilities that impair their ability to read printed text.
How can you support these students and help them succeed and not drop out of college? Assistive technology, such as Kurzweil 3000, helps students who have an inability to comprehend printed text. AccessText connects college / university disability services offices and students with textbook publisher's digital files.
In this interactive webinar, you will learn about the AccessText Network to provide students with digital textbooks that can be accessed through Kurzweil 3000-firefly—software for reading, comprehending and demonstrating knowledge. Product experts from AccessText and Kurzweil Education will showcase both products.
This webinar is appropriate for educators who want to learn more about providing content in alternate formats, especially in higher education.
Tuesday, October 14th; 12:00 PM ET
Writing Made Easy Using Kurzweil 3000 Templates
Did you know that many teachers find they can teach writing strategies that align to the Common Core Standards using Kurzweil? Exemplary writing starts with effective study skills. Kurzweil 3000-firefly gives students instant access to their textbooks, the Internet, and reference sources to acquire source material. They can then easily organize results with built-in writing tools, highlight key facts and extract information into outlines or simply start from existing templates. Kurzweil 3000-firefly's structured writing path guides students through the writing process, from pre-planning to publishing, helping them gain the confidence needed to develop their writing skills.
This webinar will explore many of the 30 templates Kurzweil offers, plus ways to extend the writing process through brainstorming, developing outline-to-draft methods and demonstrating a final review rubric. We will also explore creating custom word lists from any text to help provide relevant, subject-specific vocabulary. All of these resources are found within Kurzweil 3000.
The writing process is very complex. We find when we begin the process with the end in mind, and utilize the support tools found in Kurzweil, we not only have a comprehensive framework to support our students, but the students also have the resources to develop and expand their writing skills.
Tuesday, October 21st; 2:00 PM ET
Bookshare & Kurzweil 3000-firefly: Combined Tools for Reading
How can you ensure all learners have access to print books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy? Through Bookshare, an accessible online library for people with print disabilities, free for qualified U.S. students and schools and through a subscription to readers in other countries.
Kurzweil 3000 has always provided direct access to the Bookshare.org catalog of resources. With just a few easy clicks, the extensive Bookshare library becomes available to eligible students for download and use with Kurzweil 3000 — no need to scan or copy books. Now, students can directly access their Bookshare library directly from within firefly to deliver even more mobile support.
In this interactive webinar, you will learn how to provide digital content with Bookshare and use both Kurzweil 3000 AND firefly to access that content.
Thursday, October 23rd; 3:00 PM ET
Helping English Language Learners Become College and Career Ready
Today's classrooms contain heterogeneous populations and include students who are academically gifted, those who struggle to grasp the concepts explored in class, and English Language Learners (ELLs) who must learn both the language and the content at the same time. Adding to the changing landscape are increased academic standards that require educators to prepare students for college and/or the workplace. How can you address these standards while continuing to meet the needs of ELL students who must also acquire social and academic language? How do you ensure they develop skills in all four domains of language — listening, speaking, reading, and writing — so they have equal opportunity to succeed in the new classroom? Join us for this interactive webinar conducted by Kia McDaniel, Consultant and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) supervisor of a large urban district, as she explains the instructional shifts that must take place to ensure that your English Language Learners are college and career ready.
Monday, October 27; 2:00 PM ET
Academic Moves for College and Career Readiness
This second webinar in our series about academic vocabulary will focus on the core academic language and mental moves all students need to know if they are to be ready for college and careers. Jim Burke, an English teacher at Burlingame High School and the author of more than 20 books, including The Common Core Companion series and The English Teacher's Companion, will focus on the origins of these words and how they can be used by teachers in all grades and all subject areas to improve their instruction and their assignments. Following Jim's presentation, a product expert will demonstrate the tools in Kurzweil 3000-firefly that help students acquire an academic language.
Tuesday, October 28; 5:00 PM ET
Kurzweil 3000-firefly: Software to Support Reading, Writing, and Demonstration of Knowledge
Take a guided tour of Kurzweil 3000-firefly and learn how the tools in Kurzweil 3000-firefly help students read, write, and demonstrate their knowledge. All students, but particularly those who have learning differences, such as dyslexia, or who are English language learners, will benefit from Kurzweil 3000 and the web-based firefly. You'll learn how to help you students increase their reading, writing, spelling, and study skills. This interactive webinar is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn more about Kurzweil 3000-firefly or who would like a refresher. Attend if you're an educator in K-12 or postsecondary schools, a parent of a child who struggles, or an individual who has had lifelong challenges with reading or writing.
This series of webinars is repeated every four weeks. REGISTER EVEN IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND THE LIVE EVENT. WE'LL SEND YOU AN EMAIL ON THE DAY FOLLOWING THE WEBINAR THAT CONTAINS A LINK TO THE RECORDED VERSION.
November 5; 12:00 PM ET
Produce A+ Alt-Media to Be Read in Kurzweil 3000-firefly
Many postsecondary students use the tools in Kurzweil 3000-firefly to read their textbooks, comprehend what they have read, and demonstrate their knowledge. Alternate media specialists work to provide alternate formats for print content so students can access their textbooks and other documents in Kurzweil 3000-firefly. There are many tips, tricks, and hacks to ensure efficient and timely production of documents for uploading into the Kurzweil literacy software. Join us for this interactive webinar as national trainer Karen Narvol walks you through how to create “blockers,” edit underlying text, create alt text for images, and many other techniques to prepare documents for reading.
This webinar is for anyone who wants to learn some expert tips for producing alt-media for their students, whether in high school or college.
Thursday, November 13; 3:00 PM ET
Using Kurzweil 3000 for Test Making and Test Taking
Kurzweil 3000 includes unique test-taking capabilities widely used by teachers and students in regular instruction and as a testing accommodation for students with special needs. Using Kurzweil 3000, students can independently complete worksheets, classroom tests and standardized tests with greater confidence and fewer mistakes. Students can confidently answer fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay and other test question formats.
If you are still reading tests to your students, and your goal is to encourage independence and test for comprehension, I am sure you can make better use of your valuable time. Attend this webinar to learn how to make almost every test accessible to the Kurzweil user. The students will be grateful too; they rarely ask readers to repeat a question, and they are unable to review previous questions.
We will demonstrate how to convert your current test into a Kesi file; whether the test is in MS Word, a PDF downloaded from the web or a file you scanned into the computer using a scanner or even a mouse! Once the test is a Kesi file, you can password protect the file. In addition, features such as reference guides, access to the Internet and other Kurzweil features can be disabled. This webinar will not only outline the steps for creating and setting up tests, there will be an informative step-by-step handout distributed at the end of the webinar.
Thursday, November 20; 2:00 PM ET