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Special Education Dept. – Assistive Technology Preparing with Kurzweil Setting up files for student use
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Preparing with Kurzweil. Setting up files for student use. Contents. Electronic Documents Scanning Downloading Zone Editing Editing Underlying Text Changing Pronunciation. Electronic Documents. Many types of electronic documents open directly in Kurzweil MS Word Documents PDF files - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Electronic DocumentsMany types of electronic documents open directly in KurzweilMS Word DocumentsPDF filesUse Save As to make PDF files from Word, Power Point and PublisherUse, File/Export to make PDF files from Inspiration and Smart Notebook Any document can be sent to Kurzweil using the KESI virtual printer

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyScanning Scanner SetupEnsure the correct scanner is chosenChoose Scanner Setup from the Scan menuSelect the scanner that matches the model attached to your computerUse the TWAIN setting for most scanning

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyDownloadingThe W. Ross MacDonald Provincial School for the Blind has Kurzweil and PDF materials of many textsGo to http://aero.psbnet.ca (see the help document Using the AERO library)Some publishers also have digital materials available either as a download or on disc.Contact publishers or visit their websites for details

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyElectronic Documents KESI Virtual PrinterUse the KESI Virtual Printer to create and open an electronic document that Kurzweil readsClick Print in the software you want to useChoose the KESI Virtual PrinterThis technique is helpful for webpages and for other software that cant directly create a PDF.

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyScanning Colour ScanningIn Kurzweil version11, or later, it is possible to scan in colourEnsure you are working in the correct version of Kurzweil (from SEA SG under all programs menu)Choose Use Color from the Scan menuThe scan icon on the toolbar will be coloured

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyScanning Place the text side down on the scannerKurzweil will automatically rotate so that the top side is upClick scan to begin scanningFor multi-page texts, you may choose scan repeatedly from the Scan menuA new page will be scanned following a 15 second pause (to turn the page)

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyZone EditingZone editing may be necessary to specify what items on a page are read and in what orderSome texts are more likely to require zone editingTexts with high graphic content (text books, picture books)Texts with non-standard layout

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyZone EditingChoose Zone Editor from the scan menuZones appear as yellow boxesDelete zones that contain text that doesnt need to be readCtrl-click to select many zones at onceRight click and choose delete zone or press the delete key

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyZone EditingChange the reading order to ensure fluencyRight click and choose Properties...Put the correct number in the Reading Order box (all following zones will be adjusted)

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyEditing Underlying TextSometimes Kurzweil misinterprets a wordChoose from Edit>Correct Recognition Edit Underlying Text

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyEditing Underlying TextClick on the misinterpreted word and type the correction in the selected word boxRepeat for all other misinterpreted words

Special Education Dept. Assistive TechnologyEditing PronunciationTo change the pronunciation of a word select Pronunciations from the Tools menuSpell the word phonetically and test the new pronunciation, then click OK.

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