Kurzweil Frequently Asked Questions
Can we use Kurzweil to translate letters home to students?
Here is the answer from the ESL department: “The ESL office has tested the accuracy of Kurzweil translations and have determined it is accurate enough for simple translations. Teachers with access may use Kurzweil to help facilitate parent/teacher communication. It should only be used for simple, short messages about homework, behavior issues, or other such communications. Any communications that are building or district-wide should still be processed through the ESL office.”
What do we do for the students that do not have internet access at home?
The newest update includes an off-line option for the students that do not have access to internet at home or for the times that wireless is down where they are at. If we have a student that requires this, they need to go to the software center and install the newest version/ update of Kurzweil. (yes, they just sent out a new one, but it looks the same, but it adds additional voice options and languages to their options) The student needs to make sure that they have the book, paper, notes, etc… saved someplace on their computer to allow them access when they get home. When the student tries to log in, it will ask them if they would like to use it off-line, then they log in as normal.
If we use the graphic organizers, will we be able to use them on Smarter Balanced?
The only accommodations that are allowed on the smarter balanced, ITBS, etc… are the accommodations that are listed on a students’ IEP.
What if I need additional training about parts of Kurzweil?
The first place to check is the helpdesk link. If you do not find your solution there, you can submit a ticket and I will get back to you shortly. This may be a video that is created or a personal visit to fit into your schedule.
How does it do with math problems like equations?
Kurzweil does a great job with the word questions, but it is not 100% accurate with number sentences/formulas.
Can Iowa Assessments be read to students? Can it be read in their home language?
Iowa Assessments for special education students, you must follow the accommodations that are listed in their IEP. Reading Comprehension may NOT be read to any students. The tests may NOT be read to students in their first/primary language. For additional questions about testing an ESL student, please email your ESL teacher in your building, they have the answers for you.
Why do I only have a few voice options or languages that can be read to me in Kurzweil?
If you have a student that prefers additional voices or languages to choose from, they will need to go to the software center and install the newest version(yes, they just sent out a new one, but it looks the same, but it adds additional voice options and languages to their options.)