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How Assistive Technology Helps Decrease Dropout Rates in Higher Education - As a post-secondary institute, graduation rates are one of the top measures of success and effectiveness of your university’s coursework and staff. With about 11% of undergraduate students having a learning disability, how do you make your campus classrooms an inclusive environment that sets all students up for success? Assistive technology allows higher education institutes to better support students who
A Teacher Dreams: Goals and Ambitions for the New Academic Year - Written by Matthew James Friday Other Than a Teacher It’s the middle of that period of time that has most other professionals pulsing with envy: the summer holidays! At the time of writing (in Lucca, Italy) I am properly on holidays: there is no marking and assessments to do, the Purgatory of after-school meetings is a distant memory, and I
Using Alternate Keyboards with the New k3000 Web Editor (firefly) - Written by Dan Herlihy, National Consultant and Kurzweil Education Trainer Depending on the device you are using to access k3000 Web Access (firefly) – iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks, computers – you may be able to use an alternate keyboard to write, take a test, take notes…whatever need at the moment. Here are a few examples. If you are using an
The ONE THING You’ve Been Waiting For: Writing Online - What is the one thing that you’ve been asking for the most for the k3000 web application (firefly)? That’s right, you can now edit—and write—online. The new Web Editor allows you to edit .doc, .docx, and text-based KES files and create new documents from scratch. Log in to to try it out now, then follow along this blog to
Have Your Cake and Eat it Too with Offline Mode - The benefits of web-based learning are virtually limitless, except when learning is limited when students can’t get online. That’s why we’re pleased to introduce offline mode for subscribers of k3000 Web Access. What is Offline Mode? With new offline mode, students and educators can work disconnected from the internet. This is a step towards closing the “homework gap” and a
New Feature Updates for k3000 in May - We are dedicated to helping teachers support, challenge, and guide students to succeed as learners. Take a look at four new updates to k3000+firefly in May that were designed to do just that. 1. Cross-out Text Online While the new cross-out text feature was added to k3000 last month, you can now cross-out text online. The ability to cross-out text
The Many Facets of Text-to-Speech - Search for “benefits of text-to-speech” on Google and you will be presented with pages upon pages of research projects that demonstrate its effectiveness. Our favorite, no surprise, is the Iowa Text Reader Longitudinal Study that determined reading and comprehension levels increased when using text-to-speech because students could read advanced grade-level material at a faster rate, and with less fatigue. The
4 New Updates You’ll Want to Check Out - One of the many benefits of subscribing to k3000+firefly is you get instant access to new features and updates at no cost. We’re pleased to share five enhancements released in April that you’ll want to check out. Update 1: Cross-out Text A new addition to our reading and writing tools for April is the new Cross-out text feature. The result

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Students can independently access curriculum previously unavailable to them. Because of this, students can achieve a higher level of success.

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