Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is an educational technology which provides a reading, writing, and study platform for people with learning disabilities or other disabilities that make reading or writing difficult.

Read Aloud

Kurzweil 3000 can read aloud digital, web-based or scanned print material, as well as converting materials into audio files to listen to on the go or through its firefly web app.

Alternative Format Textbooks

Kurzweil 3000 can be used to create alternative formats of textbooks. Once a file is converted into the Kurzweil format, the software will highlight the text and read aloud so the student can follow along. It also has many features beyond text-to-speech, such as highlighting and extracting information for outlines.

Download Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is available to all Dartmouth College students and staff. Below are links to download Kurzweil for various platforms. The download can take quite a while, so make sure your computer is connected to a power source when you begin the download. Select the option for "Version 20 (subscription/web license)."

Download Kurzweil for Windows

Download Kurzweil for Mac

Once you have completed the download, email assistive.technology@dartmouth.edu to request a username and password for Kurzweil 3000.

Using Kurzweil 3000

After you are set up as a Kurzweil user, you may download your assigned readings from Canvas and easily open them in the program. The software will take a moment to "recognize" the text, then you simply hit play to have it read aloud. 

Tutorials about the many features available in Kurzweil may be found at Kurzweil Academy - Resources, Webinars, Handout, Videos & More from Kurzweil Education.

There is also a Chrome extension available that you can utilize to have website content read aloud to you. It will also read screenshots and PDF files. Information on how to set that up can be found here: Kurzweil Read the Web Extension

Feel free to reach out to us at assistive.technology@dartmouth.edu with any questions.