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KSSB is proud to offer online classes that not only address academic needs, but provide an opportunity for a student to learn from a teacher who is certified in both a content area and teacher of students who have a visual impairment. The online classes currently available are Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Braille Music. There is no tuition fee for participation in the online courses.  Register Early – Seats are limited. 

Online Algebra Supplies and Materials

The participate in the Algebra 1 & 2, the student’s school will provide the following:

  • Laptop (PC running Windows 10)
  • Perky Duck software from Duxbury Systems
  • Braille display (if needed)
  • Orion TI-84 Silver Edition calculator, APH # 1-07340-00
  • Manipulatives and other consumable materials
  • Webcam or use of computer camera
  • Telephone or use of computer microphone/speakers
  • Internet connection with
  • Staff person to assist student during class time
  • Quiet location, free of background noise

Textbooks: 

  • Algebra 1:
    • Textbook: Pacemaker Algebra 1, Pearson. ISBN# 9780130236388
    • Braille Textbook (if needed) APH Catalog #A-B0525-00, 21 volumes
    • Algebra 2: 
      • Textbook: Algebra 2, Pearson/AGS Publisher – ISBN: 9780785435433
      • Braille textbook (if needed)  APH #A-B0191-00

Algebra 1 Course Description

The Algebra 1 course provides the basic foundation of algebraic skills such as: operations with rational and real numbers, simplifying expressions, and interpreting linear models. In addition, this course includes manipulating, solving, and graphing equations and systems of equations. Linear, exponential, and quadratic functions and descriptive statistics are also explored. The TSVI will complete the registration form through the link below.

  • Questions? Contact the Course Instructor: Sandra Craig
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday
  • Method: Zoom with email and phone support
  • Registration: TSVI will complete the registration form using the button below.

Algebra 2 Course Description

Algebra 2 builds on the concepts covered in Algebra 1, such as solving quadratic equations, factoring, completing the square, and graphing. Algebra 2 also introduces trigonometry and exponential functions—vital concepts for real world applications.

  • Questions? Contact the Course Instructor: Sandra Craig
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday
  • Method: Zoom with email and phone support
  • Registration: TSVI will complete the registration form using the button below.

Sandra Craig’s blog posts at Perkins Learning

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Students Learn to Read Braille Music

In 2017 the KSSB Music Department took on a goal: To provide Music Braille instruction, delivered online, for students who have a visual impairment across the state of Kansas. That goal became a reality, and now KSSB offers the ONLY course for Music Braille literacy of its kind in the United States.

Since its launch, the word spread and the music department is growing in numbers!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and join other students in Kansas as we improve braille literacy and music literacy skills.

Class size is limited to about five students and the time slots are set when registration is completed. The music program works with your school to find a time that will work for everyone.

Braille Music Online Supplies:

To participate in the Online Braille Music 1 & 2, the students school  will provide the following:

  • Computer with Perky Duck software and Zoom meeting
  • Textbook
  • Piano or keyboard
  • Staff person to assist during class time (music teacher and/or TSVI preferred)

Required Downloads:

Note: For the first month, it is beneficial for the music teacher and/or TSVI to attend class or to watch the recordings in order to learn the basic notes, rhythms and structure of Music Braille so that when the student asks a question or the teacher would like the student to find something, he/she is more informed.

Braille Music 1 Course

This beginning braille music course provides the basic foundation for Music Braille. Music symbols and rhythms will be introduced, as well as other basic elements of music. Recognizing and recalling musical notation will be included, as well as an exploration of writing basic music.

  1. For Questions contact the Instructor: Jenny Eichner
  2. Schedule: Monday – Friday
  3. Textbook: Introduction to Music for the Blind Student, A Course in Braille Music Reading, Part 1 – by Richard Taesch
  4. Cost: $249.00 for full set (3 print & 4 braille volumes)
  5. Source: Dancing Dots
  6. Method: Zoom with email and phone support
  7. Registration: TSVI will complete the registration form using the button below.

Braille Music 2

The Advanced Braille Music Course provides a basic foundation for music braille. Music symbols and rhythms will be introduced, as well as other basic elements of music. Recognizing and recalled music notation will be included as well as an exploration of writing basic music.

  • For Questions contact the Instructor: Jenny Eichner
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday
  • Textbook: Introduction to Music for the Blind Student, A Course in Braille Music Reading, Part II – by Richard Taesch
  • Cost: $179.00 for full set (2 print & 4 braille volumes)
  • Source: Dancing Dots
  • Method: Zoom with email and phone support
  • Registration: TSVI will complete the registration form using the button below.
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