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!!

Listen to KSSB Discover Podcasting

Orange headphones, a male figure using a cane and guide dog, and musical notes with the words “KSSB Podcast” serve as a logo.

Listen to KSSB Discover Podcasting

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Determination and Courage: Jordyn’s insights for the future

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.

Dr. Yu-Ting Su talks about access technology in schools, and the importance of using the right tools

E14 | DECEMBER 18TH, 2020

During this episode, Dr. Yu-Ting Su talks about the difference between access and assistive technology, and the importance of students being taught to use the right tools in school and later applications in life.

Ed Summers talked about his life as a programmer, adjusting to his loss of vision, and advocacy for others that have disabilities

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.

Chip Hailey, Shares his Experiences with Voting

E12 | OCTOBER 23, 2020

During this episode, Chip talked about his experiences voting in his state, and how the process is still inaccessible. He gives examples of how voting machines that were designed for the blind kept on having problems.

Chris Downey, Blind Architect with a Vision

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.

A Discussion on Way Finding with Joe Cioffi

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

TEALS AND THE KSSB EXPERIENCE

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.

IN PURSUIT OF MAC ACCESSIBILITY FROM JOHN PANARESE

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.

Needed Technology Skills in the Post Secondary Years

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.

Joe Strechay: Discovering a Career in Movies and Becoming an Advocate for the Blind

E6 | MAY 14, 2020

Joe Strechay talks about his journey into the movie business, and co- hosting the Apple TV series “See”.   He reflects on his experiences with the barriers in his life, and the importances of taking risks.

Tidbits from Tyler Merren: A Lifetime in Sports and Challenging Barriers in the Paralympics

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.

Distance Learning Reflections from the Students’ Point of View

E4 | APRIL 22, 2020

The students discuss some questions asked about their experiences with distance learning, through not only KSSB, but their home districts as well.

Tips on Podcasting from the Pros

E3 | APRIL 17, 2020

Hal Bowman is a popular person in the world of podcasting, and we were fortunate to have him as a guest on our new podcasting site.

Assistive Technology History from the Student’s Viewpoint

E2 | APRIL 13, 2020

Technology history from the student’s perspective was discussed, with highlights on their favorites over the years.

Introduction to Podcasting

E1 | APRIL 4, 2020

Podcast starts off with the mechanics, roles, and future topics. Join us and learn about the basics of Podcasting.

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