A selection of informative instructional videos on some of the most common assistive technology tools utilized by students, staff and faculty at Sonoma State University. We made sure that these short and easy-to-follow videos have subtitle or closed caption embeded. This section will be updated regularly as the new and useful contents become available.

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Kurzweil Educational SystemsKurzweil 3000 is a comprehensive reading, writing and learning software designed to assist individuals with dyslexia or print-related disabilities. Popular features include text-to-speech, research and writing tools, study skills support tools, bilingual dictionaries. (

firefly App for iPad
An overview of the Kurzweil 3000-firefly app for iPad (approximately 4 minutes).

Introduction To Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000's menu and toolbars -- Main, Reading, Study Skills and Writing toolbars (approximately 4.5 minutes).

Reading Toolbar
Reading in Kurzweil 3000 and how to change options in the Reading Toolbar (approximately 2.5 minutes).

Look Up Words
Learn how to look up a definition for a word, find a word's synonyms, its syllables, and a picture, and hear a human pronunciation for the word (approximately 3 minutes).

Use Color Highlights
Kurzweil 3000 provides a comprehensive set of study skills tools. This video explains how to use Color Highlights (approximately 4 minutes).

Sticky Note and Text Note
Learn how to create a Sticky Note and a Text Note in Kurzweil 3000 (approximately 2 minutes).

Column Notes
Using Column Notes to take notes while reading and do research, even across documents (approximately 6 minutes).

Bubble Notes
Bubble Notes allows you to anchor a note within the document to help improve comprehension and study skills. This video will show you how to set up Bubble Notes to learn vocabulary and to create quizzes to test yourself on what you have read (approximately 7 minutes).

Livescribe SmartpenSmartpen is a ballpoint pen with an embed computer that operates a built-in speaker, a microphone and memory storage. It records everything you hear, write and draw. Later, simply tap your notes to play back recordings. You can also save interactive notes and audio recordings to your computer or send them to people and destinations of your choice. Website:

Echo Smartpen Features
This video helps you identify the main features of the Echo Smartpen (approximately 3 minutes).

Install Livescribe Desktop Software
Steps to install the Livescribe Desktop software on your computer (approximately 2.25 minutes).

Write and Record Audio
Capture handwritten notes and record audio with Echo Smartpen (approximately 2.5 minutes).

Use 3-D Recording Headset
Record and listen to audio with the 3-D recording headset (approximately 2.5 minutes).

Paper Replay Controls
Playback audio recording using paper replay controls (approximately 3 minutes).

Playback With Nav Plus
Access a paperless audio session through the Nav Plus (approximately 2 minutes).

Annotating Notes
Expand upon previously written notes with more information. (approximately 1.25 minutes).