Students can access Kurzweil 3000 on the web (kurzweil3000.com), using the desktop application for Windows and Mac or by adding the "Read the Web" extension to the Chrome or Firefox web browsers.
We recommend the Read the Web browser extension for those interested in utilizing text-to-speech in their online studies. The extension is easy to install, easy to use and enables students to have text read out loud to them within Canvas, or anywhere else on the Internet.
Installing the Read the Web browser extension for Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge
Pin the Extension
Open Chrome and go to a web page, select the Read The Web extension.
Select the Toggle Display down arrow to expand.
If you have been issued a Kurzweil account, type your Kurzweil Username and Password, then select Login.
Users who registered with their Waubonsee Google accounts will use the Google Sign In.
To begin reading: (1) Insert the cursor where you want the reader to begin then
(2) select the Read button to begin the reader, or press (Alt + Shift + P)
After starting the reader, the Read button will become a Pause button that you can use to stop or pause the reader.
To disable and hide Read The Web, select the icon from the toolbar.
From the toolbar, select Options.
1. Voice: Choose from many different voices and languages.
2. Reading Speed: Adjust the speed Faster or Slower
3. Read Alternative Text for Images: Select to read aloud alternative text or images.
4. Position: Select the location the toolbar appears on the top of the browser (left, center, or right).
5. Unit: The block of text that is highlighted when reading.
6. Mode: Choose when the audio playback automatically pauses:
Review the videos in this playlist to learn how to install and use the Read the Web browser extension, including the Snapshot and PDF Reader functions.
Students interested in using the Kurzweil 3000 desktop application should review the appropriate system requirements prior to installation.
Go to Kurzweil 3000 Windows Downloads, select Version 20 (subscription/web license), and then save the file to your workstation.
Please Note: The .exe file is large and may take between 30 minutes to an hour to download.
When the download is complete, find the .exe file in your Downloads folder, and then double-click it to begin installation.
If a "User Account Control" window appears, asking whether you want to let the installer run, click Run.
The installer will extract all the files it needs to continue. When prompted, select Install Web Licensing Software.
When the installation is complete, you will be prompted to restart your workstation. Select Yes to continue. When your workstation restarts, you will see the Kurzweil 3000 shortcut on your desktop.
Go to Kurzweil 3000 Macintosh Downloads, select Version 20 (subscription/web license), and then save the file to your workstation.
Please Note: The .dmg file is large and may take between 30 minutes to an hour to download.
When the download is complete, find the .dmg file in your Downloads folder, and then double-click it to open it.
When prompted, select Kurzweil 3000.pkg.
In the installation window, select Continue to begin the installation.
When the installation is complete, double-click the Kurzweil 3000 icon to launch the application. If you get a security warning, click Open to continue.
For more detailed installation instructions, please see the appropriate guide below:
During the installation process, you will be prompted to sign in to your Kurzweil 3000 account.
Use the "Sign in with Google" option and sign in with your Waubonsee Google account.
For many users, using a mouse to interact with Kurzweil 3000 can be a challenge. In order to make the Kurzweil 3000 experience positive for all users, most (but not all) functions and features are accessible using a variety of keyboard commands.
Students can access Kurzweil 3000 on the web to read e-files and other materials containing digital text.
To begin using Kurzweil 3000 on the web, go to kurzweil3000.com and login. If you have been issued a Username and Password, use that information. All other users will use the Sign in with Google option.
Open a file by selecting Google Drive, Bookshare or Computer then choose the file to open. If you haven't used Google Drive or Bookshare, it might be easiest to get started by opening a file saved to your computer by selecting Upload.
Once the file is opened, you can use the controls to read aloud.
Review this video playlist to learn how to open and save files using kurzweill3000.com.
Using Kurzweil3000.com on Your Mobile Phone
*Please note: Waubonsee Community College students will sign in with Google, using their Waubonsee email address:
To learn more about using the Kurzweil 3000 app for iPad, please see this guide: Using Kurzweil 3000 on an iPad.
All Waubonsee Community College students can access Kurzweil 3000.
To register your account, go to the Kurzweil 3000 website and click on the "Sign in with Google" button:
Select your Waubonsee Community College student e-mail and continue.
You will be asked to grant Kurzweil certain permissions. Click allow to grant Kurzweil the proper permissions.
You will use this method to log in however you choose to use Kurzweil 3000.
The college can provide technology loans to students in need. Available devices include laptops, wireless hotspots and webcams. Students can request an equipment loan through ServiceDesk or by calling the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) at (630) 466-4357.
Our Library Student Technology Support staff provide free technical support for students.
We can help with:
To request 1-on-1 help, please use the Student Technology Assistance form in the ServiceDesk portal. Log in to ServiceDesk with your X-number and password.
For step-by-step instructions for using the ServiceDesk portal, please view the PDF below.