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Kurzweil 3000 – FREE Software

September 22, 2022

Kurzweil 3000… what…is that?

Kurzweil is based on the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which aims to present information to learners in different ways that is accessible to as many people as possible.

The main function of Kurzweil 3000 is text-to-speech. Kurzweil has many versions available for use allowing students (and staff) to have text read aloud to them, including content on the internet (and yes, that includes course content in LEARN!).

So if you are looking for a way to reduce your screen time… reduce eye strain or headaches from computer use… change up how you’re studying or interacting with your course content… or simply like trying new things, we encourage you to sign up for a FREE Kurzweil 3000 account!

Psssssst @RRC Polytech Staff, Kurzweil is a great way for you to check if your documents and course content is accessible!

…did we mention it’s totally free to use? No credit card or payment info required. 100% free. No strings attached.

I’m in!! How do I sign up??

All current students (and staff) of RRC Polytech are able to access Kurzweil for free (did we mention that already?!). In order to register for your account, please visit RRC Polytech, Kurzweil Self-Registration.

Tech Tips – Work Smarter, Not Harder!

September 9, 2022

Image Description: an open laptop and a plant on a table. On the screen of the laptop is the text "Tech Tips, work smarter, not harder". In the bottom right corner of the image is text "presented by student accessibility services" and the RRC Polytech logo.

Student Accessibility Services is proud to launch our new Tech Tips blog!

The goal: encourage the use of technology to make your academic life easier!!

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you an auditory learner and would rather listen to text than read text?
  • Do you want tips on how to reduce eye strain from computer use?
  • Do you find yourself having trouble staying on top of due dates, assignments, and coursework?
  • Are you a multi-tasker looking for ways to work on your courses while getting chores done around the house (or getting out and enjoying nature)?
  • Do you need help taking notes? Studying? Thought organization? Task/time management?
  • Do you want to have different options and mix things up?!
  • Are you willing to give tech a chance and see how it can support you?!

Then stay tuned for upcoming posts! We’ll highlight features of programs you already have, are available to you as an RRC Polytech student, or are available for FREE!

Notices will be posted in Student and Staff news when new blog posts are added… We all learn differently, so why can’t we all use tech differently?!