Challenges

We’re big believers that technology should help address real problems in education. That’s why we listen to our customers and oftentimes modify our technology to address these needs. This is one of the main reasons we work with such a broad range of schools. Hear about the challenges your colleagues faced and steps they took to make a real difference.

It is vital for students to be able to independently access age-appropriate content. This allows them to develop the vocabulary and background knowledge needed to fully participate in class, complete assignments, advance their academic skills, and build their self-esteem.

Teaching from the same content is particularly challenging considering students access, process, and interpret information differently. Kurzweil 3000 is an educational software platform designed to help educators support a broad spectrum of students using whatever devices they have available to them.

Dr. Collin Diedrich

Dr. Collin Diedrich has a PhD in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a Certificate in Disability Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and as a postdoctoral associate is researching how HIV changes immunological responses to tuberculosis.

He has multiple learning disabilities and is an advocate and professional speaker for students who have learning disabilities.

Staci Mannella (coming soon)

Dr. Collin Diedrich

Staci Mannella shares her experiences as an elite athlete on the U.S Paralympic Alpine Ski Team. Skiing has taught her how to face failures, communicate efficiently, and show empathy, while advocating for herself and other students with disabilities at Dartmouth College.

Hear more about Staci’s story in her TEDx Cambridge talk Limited Vision: How I succeeded with a Smidge of Help.

Dartmouth College (coming soon)

Alicia Brandon and Emma Steincross

Alicia Brandon, Associate Director and Emma Steincross, M.A., Assistive Technology Manager of Dartmouth College share their observations from their experiences and solution-seeking research efforts regarding the variables that might affect the use of technology for access in a college setting. They’ll help you answer questions like: "What creates equitable access versus creates unwanted attention?"; and "How do I address challenges associated with a student’s ability and/or willingness to implement new technology?"

About Kurzweil Education

Kurzweil 3000 is assistive technology that makes it possible for learners to access any content, anywhere. With a multitude of features that support reading, comprehension, writing and test-taking, it’s designed to help students become more independent learners, more active classroom participants, and more confident in their learning. Visit www.kurzweiledu.com to learn more.