This is a series of career guidance webinars for youth. With COVID19 having a severe and detrimental impact on our economy and our young people this year, the future career prospects of our youth have been affected. Our youngsters face the risk of unemployment and reduced opportunities. Therefore, the career decisions that young people make this year will be crucial. As a provider for career guidance counseling and training, I see this as my responsibility to take the lead and bring forth this initiative to help our community.
It is important for me to support, motivate, and help our students make intelligent career choices. By collaborating in this initiative with Muscat University, I intend to stand at the forefront in empowering our youth and to bring transformation to the community. This initiative aims to educate youth and contribute to the betterment of society and the nation.
This is an opportunity for young people like no other –
- These webinars will help young people to understand their strengths and career preferences.
- This series will help youth make their educational, training, and occupational choices aligned with the emerging job market.
- Parents and caregivers will be able to understand their role in mapping the career plan for their children.
- This initiative will also aim to provide career guidance to reengage early leavers from education and training.
Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, an easy-to-use software platform that promotes independent learning—on any device. Embedded customizable tools for reading, taking notes, studying, writing, and test-taking support. It makes the entire learning process, enabling students to comprehend and articulate new concepts more effectively.
Aligning features with research-based learning strategies makes a difference in learning. Listening to text-to-speech in a familiar dialect improves the reader’s ability to process. Reference tools that talk, including multiple dictionaries and translation, combined with annotations to reinforce good reading habits that provide a multisensory reading experience that gets results.
Kurzweil 3000 has the following features and supports different learning challenges the student may have.
Low Reading Comprehension
Understanding vocabulary and active reading of the text is essential for comprehension. Digital dictionaries and thesaurus tools provide instant access to the definitions and a deeper understanding of words within the text. Teachers can embed various notes within the material to guide students to important information, assist them in making connections, processing information on a deeper level, and more.
Poor Phonological Processing
Not able to hear the individual sounds that makeup words, phonological processing is an essential cognitive skill for detecting and manipulating sounds and language. High-quality text-to-speech in Kurzweil 3000 models fluent reading. Students can see and hear what words sound like simultaneously, while educators can provide additional support for understanding the construction of words.
Distorted, Cramped, Laborious Handwriting
Mechanics of writing should not impede students’ classroom performance. Assistive technology allows students to take notes, complete worksheets, and answer questions on tests using talking word processor support. Teachers can help reduce the number of keystrokes needed for students who struggle with typing and better support writing and study skills.
Extreme spelling difficulties
K3000 provides a check spelling while typing feature that allows students to listen to suggested word choices before making changes, letting them make a more informed decision while editing their written work. Educators can activate content or strategy-specific floating word lists to help support student spelling and word retrieval difficulties.
Poor Writing Comprehension
Assistive technology that offers numerous levels of support and varied entry points to writing both support learners through the various stages of the writing process and results in successfully written composition. Students can highlight or take notes from text and bring them into Kurzweil 3000’s Writing Path, facilitating the writing process from start to finish.
Eliminate the easy confusion that comes with classroom papers by using digital content to organize files and assignments easily. K3000 is a hub for books, worksheets, study guides, assignments and more to help better support students’ needs. Specific features in Kurzweil 3000, such as Bookmarks, are used to help students organize their schoolwork, while graphic organizers and templates help students to organize their thoughts.
Difficulties in sequencing and following directions –
K3000 allows teachers to provide step-by-step instructions for student assignments, allowing them to keep on task and on track. Students can read and re-read instructions as often as they need, using text-to-speech and cross-out items as they are completed. Educators can also embed hyperlinks prompting students to activate the next steps within a document or between documents.
Poor performance on standardized or classroom tests –
Kurzweil allows tests to measure student understanding instead of a student’s struggle with decoding because of dyslexia. Kurzweil 3000 provides digital tests that provide full audible support for reading and re-reading questions as needed, in addition to other accommodations.
Kurzweil offers learners new multisensory approaches to read, comprehend, synthesize, apply, and demonstrate their knowledge. With Kurzweil, students become independent and confident learners who can achieve rigorous academic goals.
When learners can understand the text on demand, use organizational and content management tools to jumpstart their written work, and demonstrate their knowledge, they can meet rigorous standards. They can unlock their true potential.
Every learner deserves tools that help them unlock their potential.
Learn more about Kurzweil 3000 features here –