Discover Podcasting at KSSB
Podcasting has been an interest to kids with visual impairments here at the Kansas State School for the Blind for several years. In the Spring of 2020, equipment was purchased to start the first podcast. Bob Taylor guides the students enrolled in the Middle School – Intro to Podcasting course and the High School – Podcasting course.
With the instructor’s coaching and guidance, the student develops their skills in research, writing, interviewing, listening, and problem-solving. In addition, they are learning how to effectively use audio equipment.
Join the Online Introduction to Podcasting Course!
If a middle or high school student is interested in learning about Podcasting and would like to participate – contact Bob Taylorcreate new email for course pre-requisites, student expectations, and participation requirements. To register use the Statewide KSSB Remote Course Offerings Google Form.
Now – Enjoy listening to the Student-Led Podcasts!!
E22| May 6th, 2021
Ajay, Charlie, Nick, Mr. Taylor, and Patrick join Rich in continuing the discussion that we had on the show about distance learning, the new reality from last year. This time, we talked about the hybrid learning schedule, online only, and full in-person learning. We discussed the pros and cons of each, and we also got a chance to poke a little fun at Rich, which is the most important part, right?
E21| April 23rd, 2021
Marcus travels all over the country speaking to medical groups about his experience as a patient after a horrific car crash in which he lost his vision. He has published several books and has a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine – he helps others heal from traumatic experiences by sharing their story. He currently lives in Florida and teaches at the University of Notre Dame on the topic of Narrative Medicine to a variety of medical professionals and educators.
E20| April 16th, 2021
Ty stopped by the actual podcast studios (there are quite a few on campus) to celebrate our 20th episode with us. He is a student at the School For the Blind, who is very much interested in the ins and outs of ham radio operation. You will hear about the process of getting an operator license, some of the FCC’s guidelines, and some of Ty’s other hobbies that he likes to do when not at school.
E18| March 26th, 2021
Abigail Workman, public relations specialist and resource creator, contacted KSSB to work on accessible solutions in a local business. During this episode, Christian (a teacher) and Rich (a student) at the Kansas State School for the Blind talk to Abigail about this collaboration process and issues they encountered.
E17| March 8th, 2021
Jen Houston is the community relations manager for UMB Financial Corporation where she works to create opportunities and to be a resource for associates looking to get involved in their communities. During this episode of Discover Podcasting at KSSB, Jen shares with us her job at UMB, and how the bank helps the community in a variety of projects. The connection with KSSB is also discussed.
E16 | February 5TH, 2021
Kimberly Rhea has made an interesting path for herself by the interests and career experiences she has pursued over the years. She has worked in the business world, taught students in public school, lived through a tornado, and has written several books. In her spare time, she has road motorcycles; made wedding cakes, and told jokes on stage.
E15 | January 14TH, 2021
During this podcast, Jordyn Walker shares about the challenging events in her life and the decision to set a positive path for herself. When others set limitations, she loves to prove them wrong. She talks about her experiences with Braille and learning technology after losing her vision at 15. Jordyn plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in the fall. You can follow Jordyn on Twitter @_blind_bandit_, and you can find her on Instagram @the_real_jay_walker.
E13 | OCTOBER 29, 2020
Ed Summers is Director of Accessibility at SAS, the market leader in analytics software and services. The SAS accessibility team enables people of all abilities to access the power of analytics. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.
E11 | SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Chris Downey talks about his life as an architect, and how his loss of vision did not alter his vision within his profession.
Learn more about Chris Downey and his architecture at Architecture for the Blind.
E10 | June 27, 2020
Joe Cioffi spent over 30 years immersed in the deafblind world: as an advocate, a product developer, and a teacher of independent travel skills and tactile communication skills to deafblind youth and adults. He is the CEO of ClickAndGo Wayfinding is dedicated to bringing independent mobility to everyone–regardless of their ability and at no cost to the user.
Our discussion today talked briefly of his background and how Way Finding evolved in his life and business
E9 | JUNE 19, 2020
Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that connects classroom teachers with tech-industry volunteers to create sustainable CS programs. During this episode, the TEALS team shared about the JAVA class that was taught at KSSB, how the instructors got into coding, and the importance of accessibility.
Allison Hartnett, Regional Manager with TEALS, mentioned the new Computer Science course that will be taught online with KSSB this Fall, 2020 during the afternoon after school hours to make it more accessible.
E8 | MAY 28, 2020
John Panereez, owner of Mac for the Blind, stopped by the virtual studio to discuss how he founded Mac for the Blind, what he did before becoming a certified trainer through Apple, and his views on accessibility of Apple products.
E7 | MAY 25, 2020
Robert Beach is an assistive technology specialist at the Kansas City Community College, who has trained and assisted students during their early college years. He has worked with other agencies such as Envision and the Kansas State School for the Blind to help improve student readiness in technology before leaving the high school years. During this episode, Robert Beach shares his insights.
E5 | MAY 8, 2020
The Discover Podcasting team is joined by Tyler Merren, who has competed three times in the Paralympics, playing Goalball on a team through the United States Association For Blind Athletes. We cover his new fitness training project, his experience with self-advocacy, his time spent playing Goalball, his love of sports, and much, much more.