Getting Started with New Technology
Here are some helpful videos and websites that will support you as you use this new technology.
Firefly (Kurzweil 3000)
Firefly is text-to-speech software that helps with reading, studying and writing. It is a screen reader, but so much more than that! Kurzweil is the software we use at NLC to convert your textbooks, tests or exams into a text-to-speech format.
- Take a look at this video by Sherry Lindquist that will show you some of the basics of Firefly. Our IT department will assist you in downloading it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCKkb09U2eE
- You can access Firefly K3000 on your iPad. Take a look at this short video from Cambium Tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDmhHOlXI7k
Live scribe Pen
An Echo Smartpen allows you to record and play back everything you write, hear or say. The pen comes with a micro-USB connector (to connect to your computer), a microphone, built-in speaker, memory storage and a replaceable ink-tip. It looks like a pen, works like a pen but is so much more than a pen!
- Here is a demonstration of the pen from Livescribe Europe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7zj0F7-tAU
- Having trouble downloading your Pen to your desktop? Check this out
- Please note: You do NOT have permission to distribute recordings from your classes. This is a feature just for you.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
This is a speech recognition software that lets you dictate, send emails and enable speech activated reports. It is fast, easy to use and accurate. It is available for both PC and Mac.
- Check out this video by Jim Bendewald to see some of its features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8m8-slIe-I
- Nuance has a lot of short videos to help you get started. http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/dragon-for-pc/how-to-demos/index.htm
Franklin Language Masters
This assists with spelling and is both a dictionary and thesaurus. This aid will also read words aloud to help you with pronunciation.
- Here is a video by Franklin Electronics that displays some of its features https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHHCw6b