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KSSB is proud to offer online classes that not only address academic needs but provide an opportunity for students to learn from a Teacher of Students with a Visual Impairment (TSVI) who is certified in that content area. The currently available online classes are listed below. There is no tuition fee for participation in the online courses but fees for books or supplies may be required. Register early! Seats are limited. 

Online Courses

Braille Music 1 - Beginner Braille Music (click to expand)

This is a foundational course. Students use music symbols, rhythms, and other basic elements of music. Recognizing and recalling musical notation will be included, as well as an exploration of reading, writing, and playing basic music. In-person, teacher/para support is recommended. 

  • Schedule: Will be established after registration is completed 
  • Location: Zoom with email and phone support
  • Instructor: Jenny Eichnercreate new email for books and supplies
  • REGISTER for Braille Music 1 by September 15, 2022

Braille Music 2 - Intermediate Braille Music (click to expand)

The Intermediate Braille Music Course provides a continuation of learning in music braille. Students use music symbols, rhythms, and other elements of music. Recognizing and recalling musical notation will be included, as well as an exploration of reading, writing, and playing music. In-person, teacher/para support is recommended. 

  • Schedule: Will be established after registration is completed 
  • Location: Zoom with email and phone support
  • Intstructor: Jenny Eichnercreate new email for books and supplies
  • Register for Braille Music 2 by September 15, 2022

Braille Music 3 - Advanced Braille Music (click to expand)

The Advanced Braille Music Course provides increased experience in music braille. Advanced music symbols and rhythms will be introduced, as well as other essential elements of music. Recognizing and recalling music notation (in braille and print as needed) is included as well as an exploration of reading, writing, and playing music.

Computer Applications - Trainingware (click to expand)

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS USING SCREEN READERS or MAGNIFICATION (Trainingware)
Kansas State School for the Blind is offering online screen reader courses for students in grades 3 to 12. A KSSB instructor will provide instruction to a student  and either his TSVI or Para-Professional. The team will choose their preferred screen reader (JAWS or NVDA) or Magnification program (ZoomText/Fusion) and the programs within Windows or Google Suite. For a list of the possible options, contact the coordinator listed below. Dates and times for this course are arranged between the Instructor and the TSVI/Student team.

  • INSTRUCTOR:  Molly Reardon, TSVI
  • AGE GROUP: KANSAS STUDENTS IN GRADES 3rd through 12th
  • START DATE: Rolling Enrollment (register anytime!)
  • WHEN: TO BE DETERMINED via ZOOM  (*date/time subject to change)
  • Register: Computer Applications – Trainingware

Intermediate Level Online UEB Braille Course (click to expand)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL ONLINE UEB BRAILLE COURSE  (LIMITED TO EIGHT (8) PARTICIPANTS)
Description: This engaging online UEB braille course will enhance your skills while reading and writing.  This course is taught fully online by certified teacher of students with a visual impairment (TSVI).

The Intermediate Online Braille course can serve as IEP minutes for braille instruction or as a supplement to already existing braille instruction.  The Texas Braille Skills Checklist & other instructional materials, such as the Braille Too The Next Generation Series will be mailed or sent electronically for the student to use during targeted reading instruction.  The targeted age of students in this program is 13-18 yrs. or grades 7-12.  This course will cater to students’ needs based on their current level of braille knowledge and skills.

Students should have a basic understanding of the uncontracted braille code & know how to track an embossed line tactually.  Participants should also know how to use a Perkins braille writer to produce written products of their work.  An adult needs to be in the room with the student to help locate needed materials or assist with technical aspects such as joining a zoom meeting or technology related issues.  Come join us via 30 minute Zoom sessions to increase your confidence while using contracted UEB braille.

Introduction to Podcasting (click to expand)

INTRO TO PODCASTING  (LIMITED TO TEN (10) PARTICIPANTS)
Description: This online class will provide students with opportunities to learn the basics of Podcasting.  Students will learn about appropriate technology used, chat language, developing meaningful questions, and how to research current events. This is a REQUIRED COURSE if the student would like to participate in the live broadcasting.

Live Podcasting (click to expand)

LIVE PODCASTING  (LIMITED TO SIX (6) PARTICIPANTS)
DESCRIPTION: PRE-REQUISITES REQUIRED (Intro to Podcasting, Must be in High School).  Students learn how to and conduct live interviews of guests. Students are required to practice journalism-type skills. Conduct research and know the guest’s work, know your audience to create a balance between quality questions of your guest that aligns with your audience’s interest. Students must be prepared for each LIVE INTERVIEW and have the ability to think quickly in response to guest answers. Students must be willing to work outside of class hours to prepare for podcasts.  An interview with the instructor is required before acceptance into the course.

Para-Professional and Family Braille Course (click to expand)

PARAPROFESSIONAL & FAMILY BRAILLE COURSE
This new online offering allows parents and family members or para-professionals to learn the Unified English Braille Code. This course will cover both uncontracted or contracted braille.  Lessons begin with the basics, uncontracted braille. Once finished with the uncontracted braille course, the participants can move onto contracted braille signs. Each participant can work at their own pace and decide how quickly they move through the lessons. The lessons are paired with videos and hands-on activities to implement braille into your environment/daily use.

Speech and Debate (click to expand)

SPEECH & DEBATE  (LIMITED TO TEN (10) PARTICIPANTS)
Description: Public speaking allows participants to become more comfortable when speaking in small or large groups.  Participants will enjoy learning how to be informative or persuasive, speak on their feet, use clear emotions, and explore many forms of materials such as song lyrics, poetry, humorous prose, serious prose, skits, or mini-debates. Speaking activities allow participants to work collaboratively with a variety of people as well as strengthen friendships.  Proficient reading, writing, & access technology skills preferred.

Use this registration form to enroll in the following courses:

  • Intro to Podcasting
  • Live Podcasting
  • Computer Applications – Trainingware
  • Paraprofessional/Family Braille Course
  • Speech & Debate
  • Intermediate Level Online UEB Braille Course

Follow the links below to register for:

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