Kurzweil – text to voice software
Kurzweil is a comprehensive software package that provides reading of text, study skills including highlighting, writing tools and much more. It can upload pdf and word files and converts them to a readable Kurzweil document. Textbooks, class worksheets, tests and other documents can be brought into this program for students to listen to and respond to the text.
The Kurzweil network license is found on all school computers, both at the elementary and secondary level for all WCDSB students to access as needed.
Kurzweil Home Access for individual Students with SEA claims
Students who have met the criteria for a SEA computer equipment and who have Kurzweil and/or text to voice accommodation needs as indicated on his/her IEP would have one of the following Kurzweil licenses for home install. They also have the option for ‘take home rights’ for their SEA LD laptop as required to complete work assignments (please contact your SET)
- Kurzweil stand license (please contact your SET)
- Kurzweil web license
- Install version 14 Web License for the full version of Kurzweil
- Students use their Kurzweil Web License login to access the program
- A ‘lite’ version of Kurzweil is available which is web-based for your ipad, tablets, other computers…via www.fireflybykurzweil.com
Please note that ALL students have text to speech options via the Read and Write app that has been purchased for GAFE.
How to Video’s for Kurzweil
E-Textbooks for use in Kurzweil
Students requiring e-textbooks and e-novels as noted on their IEP, have many of the common textbooks already available to them via the Alternative Education Resources of Ontario, funded by the Ministry of Education. Please contact your SET. Parents may ‘browse’ the catalogue to see what is available.