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Technology is providing opportunities for schools to expand and re-think how to offer educational opportunities. Colleges, technical schools and high schools have started to offer course options in an online format. This allows students to expand their selection of courses, re-take a course or strengthen skills in a subject area.  High school students are using this opportunity to earn college credit or enroll in a course not available at their local high school. Ultimately, quality online options provide high school students course flexibility tailored to unique needs.

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.

Courses offered online by KSSB include:

Algebra, Braille Music and Computer Science

There is NO tuition fee. 

Register Early – Seats are limited – Deadline May 3, 2019

Computer Science

NEW ONLINE COURSE: COMPUTER SCIENCE

To increase statewide STEAM opportunities for students who are blind or who have a visual impairment, KSSB stepped into online learning in the fall of 2018 by offering Braille Music and Algebra 1. This initial endeavor has been successful so we are pleased to announce that in the fall of 2019, KSSB will offer Computer Science! This course will be taught by Sandra Craig.

HOW?

KSSB has signed up to work with Microsoft Philanthropies – TEALS: Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, Rural and Distance program. Their motto – “Computer Science in Every High School.” The program provides a trained computer science professional to mentor and collaborate with the local educator to team teach the curriculum to high school students. Sandra Craig, math instructor at KSSB will team teach the course starting in the 2019 school year. The course will be held during the first hour – Monday-Thursday 7:55-8:43 and Friday 7:55-8:32.

This is a unique opportunity for high school students who are blind or who have a visual impairment in the state of Kansas. Additional information about this program will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

For more information download and review the pdf from TEALS (opens in new window)

Questions?

Contact Jon Harding (opens in new window), Superintendent of the Kansas School for the Blind

Algebra 1

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.

Student’s School will provide

  • Laptop (PC running Windows 10)
  • Perky Duck software from
  • Braille display (if needed)
  • Braille textbook (if needed) ISBN# 9780130236388 or APH #A-B0191-00
  • Orion TI-84 Silver Edition calculator, APH # 1-07340-00
  • Manipulatives and other consumable materials
  • Webcam or use computer camera.
  • Telephone or use computer microphone/speakers
  • Internet Connection with
  • Staff person to assist student during class time.
  • Quiet location free of background noise.

Instructor: Sandra Craig

Schedule: Monday – Friday

Textbook: Pacemaker Algebra 1, Pearson

Method: Zoom with email and phone support

Sandra’s blog posts at Perkins Learning

TSVI – Select the Registration Button to apply for the online Algebra 1 course for your student(s).

Braille Music

In 2017 the KSSB Music Department took on a goal: To provide Braille Music 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 times slots are set when registration is completed. The music program works with your school to find a time that will work for everyone.

Student’s School will provide:

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

Note: For the first month, it is beneficial for the music teacher and/or TVI 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, they are better able to do so.

Braille Music 1

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.

Instructor: Jenny Eichner

Schedule: Monday – Friday

Textbook: Introduction to Music for the Blind Student, A Course in Braille Music Reading, Part 1 – by Richard Taesch

Cost: $249.00 for full set (3 print & 4 braille volumes)

Source: Dancing Dots

Method: Zoom with email and phone support

TSVI – Select the Registration Button to apply for the online Algebra 1 course for your student(s).

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.

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

TSVI – Select the Registration Button to apply for the online Algebra 1 course for your student(s).

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