ONLINE COURSES OFFERED BY KSSB INSTRUCTORS

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. 

Discover Podcasting

During the Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Directive, the students at KSSB started a Podcasting Class under the direction of KSSB Teacher – Bob Taylor.  It is amazing to listen to their discussion on current topics. Sit back and enjoy the conversations. If interested contact Bob Taylor.

To access the podcasts go to “Discover Podcasting at KSSB

Introduction to JAVA - Computer Science Online

Kansas State School for the Blind is launching a pilot Introduction to Java Computer Science Course tailored for students who are B/VI in partnership with Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools). The TEALS program has a ten-year, proven track record of bringing CS Programs to High Schools by partnering technology industry professionals with classroom educators to team-teach CS. KSSB and TEALS created this course with KSSB students in mind, working closely with a community of adults who are B/VI. The pilot class will cover variables, outputs, methods loops, if/else statements, and special topics. The class will be offered remotely. We are excited to bring this class to students who are B/VI in Kansas.

Computer Sci flyer 6.20.20 – pdf

WHAT: COMPUTER SCIENCE

WHEN: STARTING August 17, 2020

TIME: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm, M-TH

WHERE: ONLINE

FOR: 10-12 grades; Algebra I is a pre-requisite

REGISTER: Use this Computer Science Online – Google Form to register for this unique opportunity.

CONTACT: Kim Rhea through email at krhea@kssdb.org or call her at 913.305. 3025

Learn to Read Braille Music - Online

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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