Kurzweil 3000:  Supporting the Writing Process Presented by: Jennifer Edge-Savage
  … these inventions will produce forgetfulness in the souls of those who use it.  They will not need to exercise their mi...
Technology is something invented AFTER you are born… What types of “technology” are your students using?”
Kurzweil 3000 – one part of the solution
An Introduction to Kurzweil 3000 Writing Phonological Awareness  and Phonics Fluency Vocabulary Test-taking Comprehension
Day to Day Challenges: Tough Questions <ul><li>Do you have: </li></ul><ul><li>Students who are still learning-to-read afte...
The Adolescent Literacy Crisis – US Statistics <ul><li>Less than 1/3rd of America’s High School students read or write at ...
In an Ideal Classroom this would never happen : http://www.eeotrust.org.nz/recruitments/pdfs/makingthemost0802.pdf
Learning disabilities Attention Deficit Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorders Low Vision Hearing Impairment Physical Impairme...
Does this look Familiar?
Writing Across Content Areas: The Problem <ul><li>Proficient Writers:  </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Transformation </li></u...
<ul><li>“ When we write, we more fully understand what we read; when we read we push ahead our ability to write.”  </li></...
<ul><li>Reading and Vocabulary Supports </li></ul><ul><li>Study Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Toolbar </li></ul><ul><ul...
Writing Supports <ul><li>Speak As Typing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools, Options, General </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Speaking Spe...
Prewriting & Planning Drafting Revising Editing Publishing Stages of the Writing Process
The Writing Path Brainstorm  Outline  Draft  Splitscreen  Review
Brainstorm <ul><li>Mind-Mapping tool to  Brainstorm  and organize ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Alter shape and color for organi...
Outlin e <ul><li>Promote, demote and add topics and subtopics  </li></ul><ul><li>using the  Outline  Palette </li></ul><ul...
Draft and SplitScreen Splitscreen  allows you to see  your  Outline  and  Draft  at the same time. Ideas from the outline ...
Review <ul><li>Final Step of the  Writing Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizable Review Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Floating Word Lists <ul><li>Floating Word Lists and Custom Word Lists in Word Prediction are different views of the same w...
Column Notes extracted to Outline:  Reading-Writing Connection Take notes while reading  using column notes – send notes i...
Note Snippets <ul><ul><ul><li>Note Snippet  allows students to view Column Notes with a hierarchical view in a compact win...
Writing Templates: Text <ul><li>Available in: Writing Templates Folder </li></ul><ul><li>OR Write ->Draft->New->From Templ...
Writing Templates:  Brainstorm Graphic Organizers <ul><li>Sample Documents -> Brainstorm Writing Templates </li></ul><ul><...
Access for all students <ul><li>Voice recognition </li></ul><ul><li>IntelliKeys </li></ul><ul><li>IntelliSwitch </li></ul>...
C ambium Learning Technologies: Tools That Can Help Extend a Teacher’s Reach in the Classroom <ul><ul><li>Across all  cont...
Ultimately, educational goals will not be about the mastery of  content , but about the mastery of  learning . Grace Meo j...
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An Introduction to Kurzweil 3000 software to support reading, writing, study skills and test-taking. Focus on how Kurzweil 3000's highlighters, graphic organizer, column notes, outliner, customizable writing rubric and ability to seemlessly move from reading content to writing can support students in the classroom.

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  • We can use specific product graphics for ICS, IKeys and K3000 – this could be the linking page to either product line. We can then add in a return to this page to continue.
  • Access to age and grade appropriate content to promote fluency, develop vocabulary, practice proven comprehension strategies, write independently and flexibly, take tests independently. Once again, we can help support PA – but we really swoop in to support those students who need access to content through text-to-speech For extension – can go to supplementary slides. These screenshots correspond with later slides. Can also move directly to software using these files.
  • From Stanovich research 1986
  • YOU ARE NOT ALONE! From Stanovich research 1986 The fastest growing occupations demand far greater than average literacy skills (Barton, 2000) Students without strong literacy skills are at a disadvantage Socially Emotionally Occupationally There are Public Health and Civil costs to academic failure
  • Stuck in rigid 5-paragraph format Learning to write vs. writing to learn
  • Kurzweil 3000 Foundations Workshop
  • First, provides reading and word supports to access content, build background knowledge…and have something to write about! Study skills tools to highlight important information, mark-up text, create outlines for writing, bookmark important points, conduct research using online tools – no longer staring at a blank page. Rich writing supports to independently Reading and Word Supports Online Reference tools Read the Web Study Skills Writing Talking Word Processing Tools Speaking Spell Check Custom subject specific Vocabulary Lists Word Prediction Mistake tolerant writing environment research shows that word processors are extremely effective in supporting the writing process, this is especially significant and true for struggling readers/writers (add speech, dictionaries, word prediction and vocabulary support and WOW) -&amp;quot;If students are to make knowledge their own, they must struggle with the details, wrestle with the facts, and rework raw information and dimly understood concepts into language they can communicate to someone else.  In short, if students are to learn, they MUST write.&amp;quot; Pre-writing supports: Bookmarks, extractable highlights, brainstorming, extractable notes Writing Toolbar – basic word processing tools Font , Size , Style , Alignment, Line Spacing Talking Word Processor Speak as typing Spell Checker Auditory support Reference Tools Digital Thesaurus, Digital Dictionary Vocabulary Lists Customizable, content-specific vocabulary lists Word Prediction Homonym and confusable word support, vocabulary support Increases writing production Writing mechanics – improves syntax, grammar, sentence construction and spelling Organization – helps create a connection from study skill strategies to writing performance Vocabulary development – provides students with reference tools to enhance vocabulary and limit word recall issues Facilitates Independence First, provides reading and word supports to access content, build background knowledge…and have something to write about! Study skills tools to highlight important information, mark-up text, create outlines for writing, bookmark important points, conduct research using online tools – no longer staring at a blank page. Rich writing supports to independently
  • Version 11 builds on Kurzweil 3000 reading technology by incorporating powerful writing features that support the student at every stage of the writing process Kurzweil 3000 writing tools add value by giving the student access to print or electronic information and enable the student to work with that information through idea creation, planning, drafting, revising and finalizing steps. The result is that students can manage the complex tasks associated with writing so they can become better writers.
  • Students can click on word to listen and drag and drop the word into the Draft. If the Word List has been set up with glossary definitions etc. (such as homophones, confusables, etc.), then student can access those definitions by double clicking. In Floating Word Lists, there is an option to highlight words in the word list that are used in the document.
  • Williamstown 2009 Kurzweil 3000 Supports Writing

    1. 1. Kurzweil 3000: Supporting the Writing Process Presented by: Jennifer Edge-Savage
    2. 2.   … these inventions will produce forgetfulness in the souls of those who use it. They will not need to exercise their minds…It equips pupils with only a semblance of learning, not true learning. Thanks to these inventions, students will be without benefit of a teacher’s instruction… Plato - circa 387 b.c. This person was referring to BOOKS… A Criticism of New Technology… An adaptation of:
    3. 3. Technology is something invented AFTER you are born… What types of “technology” are your students using?”
    4. 4. Kurzweil 3000 – one part of the solution
    5. 5. An Introduction to Kurzweil 3000 Writing Phonological Awareness and Phonics Fluency Vocabulary Test-taking Comprehension
    6. 6. Day to Day Challenges: Tough Questions <ul><li>Do you have: </li></ul><ul><li>Students who are still learning-to-read after 3rd grade? </li></ul><ul><li>Students who have learned to read, but are still struggling with reading comprehension? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff reading content area texts to your students? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff reading tests and quizzes to your students? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff scribing written work for your students? </li></ul>Would you like your students to be INDEPENDENT with these tasks?
    7. 7. The Adolescent Literacy Crisis – US Statistics <ul><li>Less than 1/3rd of America’s High School students read or write at grade level. </li></ul><ul><li>2005 NAEP writing exam, 71% of 4th graders, 71% of 8th graders, 64% of 12th graders did not meet writing proficiency goals. </li></ul><ul><li>College instructors estimate that 50% of high school graduates are unprepared for college-level writing. </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 students drop out of High School each day. </li></ul><ul><li>40% of High School graduates lack the literacy skills sought by employers. </li></ul><ul><li>In some states, projections for the number of beds needed in prisons is determined by 4th Grade reading Scores. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers often receive little more than a token amount of training in the teaching of writing and study strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Very few teachers require their students to write more than a few hours per week. Consider the Volume of student writing they must read. </li></ul><ul><li>Students without strong literacy skills are at a disadvantage </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Socially </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emotionally </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Occupationally </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Civically </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. In an Ideal Classroom this would never happen : http://www.eeotrust.org.nz/recruitments/pdfs/makingthemost0802.pdf
    9. 9. Learning disabilities Attention Deficit Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorders Low Vision Hearing Impairment Physical Impairments English Language Learners Special Education General Education Inclusion ALL Children can Learn… Question: With a Universally Designed Classroom, could we level the playing field? Would “disabilities” be less apparent? … just not in the same way at the same time with the same old tools …
    10. 10. Does this look Familiar?
    11. 11. Writing Across Content Areas: The Problem <ul><li>Proficient Writers: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Have the knowledge, skills and flexibility needed to write in a clear and organized manner for different contexts, formats and purposes using a variety of forms, strategies and tones. </li></ul>Struggling or Beginning Writers: Knowledge Telling Lack the high level process strategies needed to: plan, generate and revise text and “write to learn.” Have difficulty with low-level transcription skills such as: handwriting, keyboarding, spelling, grammar, punctuation, word retrieval, vocabulary. Have not been explicitly taught writing strategies and language structure From: “Writing Next”
    12. 12. <ul><li>“ When we write, we more fully understand what we read; when we read we push ahead our ability to write.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Wood 2000) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading and Writing are Parallel and Complementary processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both Reading and Writing are Multistep Processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement, reflection, questioning, revisiting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading provides: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Models of written language structure and conventions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary: essential for success in both reading and writing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>From: Implementing the Reading Writing Connection The Reading Writing Connection “ Writers must learn how texts are structured because this knowledge supports their ability to create them” ( NCTE 2004)
    13. 13. <ul><li>Reading and Vocabulary Supports </li></ul><ul><li>Study Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Toolbar </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word Processing Tools </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speak As Typing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check Spelling As You Type </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speaking Spell Check </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary Lists </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>NEW in Version 11: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Column Notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstormer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Floating Word Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note Snippets </li></ul></ul>Kurzweil 3000 Tools To Support Writing
    14. 14. Writing Supports <ul><li>Speak As Typing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools, Options, General </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Speaking Spell Check </li></ul><ul><li>Word Prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Check Spelling As You Type </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools, Options, Spell Check </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Prewriting & Planning Drafting Revising Editing Publishing Stages of the Writing Process
    16. 16. The Writing Path Brainstorm Outline Draft Splitscreen Review
    17. 17. Brainstorm <ul><li>Mind-Mapping tool to Brainstorm and organize ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Alter shape and color for organization and visual cues </li></ul><ul><li>Directly connected to Outline View </li></ul><ul><li>Can Create pre-made Graphic Organizers </li></ul>
    18. 18. Outlin e <ul><li>Promote, demote and add topics and subtopics </li></ul><ul><li>using the Outline Palette </li></ul><ul><li>Text-based </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchical </li></ul><ul><li>Connected to Brainstorm </li></ul>
    19. 19. Draft and SplitScreen Splitscreen allows you to see your Outline and Draft at the same time. Ideas from the outline can be dragged and dropped into the draft. Draft view for final publishing
    20. 20. Review <ul><li>Final Step of the Writing Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizable Review Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Writing Mechanics, 6+1, others? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To customize list: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tools -> Options-> Review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When Draft is complete: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write -> Review </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Floating Word Lists <ul><li>Floating Word Lists and Custom Word Lists in Word Prediction are different views of the same word lists. </li></ul><ul><li>Help prompt students to use content specific words, vary their transitional words, use stronger word choices, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Words from list can be dragged and dropped into their draft. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Column Notes extracted to Outline: Reading-Writing Connection Take notes while reading using column notes – send notes into an outline and move through the Writing Path.
    23. 23. Note Snippets <ul><ul><ul><li>Note Snippet allows students to view Column Notes with a hierarchical view in a compact window, while writing in Draft and drag and drop needed notes into the Draft for further elaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>When you “save” </li></ul><ul><li>a column note, </li></ul><ul><li>a note snippet is </li></ul><ul><li>automatically available. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Writing Templates: Text <ul><li>Available in: Writing Templates Folder </li></ul><ul><li>OR Write ->Draft->New->From Template </li></ul>
    25. 25. Writing Templates: Brainstorm Graphic Organizers <ul><li>Sample Documents -> Brainstorm Writing Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Several Pre-made templates to choose from – or make your own! </li></ul>
    26. 26. Access for all students <ul><li>Voice recognition </li></ul><ul><li>IntelliKeys </li></ul><ul><li>IntelliSwitch </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard Equivalents </li></ul><ul><li>Switch Accessible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AAC keyboard Emulators - PRC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DiscoverPro - Madentec </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alternative Dictionaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picture symbols and ASL gifs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil 3000 Taskbar </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded Video and Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible test-taking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting specific student needs with other access tools </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. C ambium Learning Technologies: Tools That Can Help Extend a Teacher’s Reach in the Classroom <ul><ul><li>Across all content areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For individual, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>small group or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> whole group instruction. </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Ultimately, educational goals will not be about the mastery of content , but about the mastery of learning . Grace Meo jennifer@kurzweiledu.com Thank you.

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