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Literacy Staars

Elementary Series -  Literacy STAARs

 

Grades 3 - 5

This series class is designed for print readers in grades 3-5 who will be taking the Reading and/or Writing STAAR tests in the spring. This program is designed to improve knowledge and skills in the area of literacy and test-taking strategies through integrated activities. This program will include components such as:

  • Analyzing literacy samples across genres
  • Providing exposure to new vocabulary words within a variety of categories and structures
  • Participating in various phases of the Writing Process
  • Acquiring test-taking strategies specific to students with visual impairments

Requirements


Students must have daily access to instruction within a comprehensive reading program in their local schools.Students must have the potential to function on grade level in the area of literacy but may require support to access print with/without low vision devices, and to identify strategies specific to test-taking with low vision.

For additional information about the content of this section contact Kathi Garza 512-206-9446

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 Kids in the Kitchen:  

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December 6 - 9, 2018 (referrals due by November 7, 2018)

Grades 2-3

The Independence Weekend classes offer project-based learning opportunities to practice skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum. A class theme provides the motivational, real-world relevance for learning, and students practice a range of interdisciplinary skills by working collaboratively to create meaningful products or gain new experiences. Students also have the opportunity to share a common bond with others who are visually impaired.

Kids in the Kitchen is a new class for our younger elementary students.  Students will gain skills through a variety of developmentally appropriate food preparation activities.  Examples include stirring, pouring, measuring, slicing, and using simple appliances. Setting and clearing the table, cleaning your workstation, and putting dishes in a dishwasher will be a part of our program as well. Students will have opportunities to read recipes in their appropriate media, follow instructions, sample unfamiliar foods, and open different kinds of packaging.  (Safety is a primary focus, and all activities will be directly supervised.)

This class provides many opportunities to practice independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, and social skills.

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January 17- 20, 2018 (referrals due by November 26, 2018)

Grades 6- 8

Junior Independence Weekends provide the opportunity for students to develop and practice skills of independent living while focusing on various age-appropriate themes. While participating in enjoyable activities, students are challenged to practice many skills related to the Expanded Core Curriculum, such as social, communication, technology, self-advocacy, organization, academic, spatial-motor, recreation-leisure, and independent living skills. Most importantly, these classes provide an opportunity for students to share their unique experiences as individuals with a visual impairment with their peers. Teachers will choose a theme for this Independence Weekend as the class approaches.

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Amanda Fierro at  or 512-206-9294.

Kathi Garza at  or 512-206-9446.

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OutdoorExploration TreeWalk  

May 16-19 (referrals due by March 7, 2019)

Grades 4-5

The Independence Weekend classes offer project-based learning opportunities to practice skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum. A class theme provides the motivational, real-world relevance for learning, and students practice a range of interdisciplinary skills by working collaboratively to obtain meaningful products or experiences. Students also have the opportunity to share personal experiences with others who are visually impaired.
This popular Outdoor Exploration class provides outdoor learning experiences for elementary age students. Students participate in a variety of activities such as an outdoor science project, ziplining, interacting with horses, and taking a guided nature walk. During their exploration, students learn about ecology, natural history, biodiversity, measurement, and the scientific aspects of urban and rural environments. While the theme of the weekend’s activities is outdoor exploration, the underlying goal is for students to challenge themselves with new experiences, to assess risk-taking, and to build awareness about their strengths and challenges. This class provides opportunities to practice self-determination, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, and social skills.

For additional information about this program contact John Rose at  or 512-206-9131.

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You are now viewing the Short-Term Programs course description for JAWS Part 1 Basic Concepts.

Screen shot of first slide of courseTarget Audience:

All ages: students who would benefit from using JAWS to access a laptop or desktop computer and who have no prior experience using a computer or screenreader.

Prerequisites:

  • Students will benefit most when they have JAWS already installed on district computers and have daily access to these computers so they can practice.
  • Students should have a basic knowledge of alphabet, number, and punctuation keys and be able to compose and type simple sentences. This skill can vary, but students who have very little knowledge of touch typing will find executing the keyboard commands necessary to use screen reading programs (e.g., Alt + Tab) to be challenging. You can help your student acquire this skills by using the free Talking Typer software from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

Course Description:

The JAWS Screenreader Part 1: Basic Concepts class covers an introduction to terms and physical components related to computers (e.g., USB drive, headphone jack, computer focus, modifier keys). In addition, students will learn to navigate the computer desktop, open Microsoft Word, and shift focus between JAWS and Microsoft Word.


Learning Objective:

Students will develop basic computer concepts by learning computer terms and physical components of computers and by practicing computer desktop navigation and opening Microsoft Word using JAWS and Windows Keyboard Commands.


Length:

Approximately 30 Minutes


Important consideration for teachers:

When setting up JAWS, determine which type of computer keyboard layout setting the student will be using. Students may choose to use either the desktop or laptop keyboard layout setting; the difference in these settings is the modifier key that they will use. If the keyboard layout setting is set to desktop, the JAWS default modifier key is Insert. If the keyboard layout setting is set to laptop, the JAWS default modifier key is Caps Lock. It is possible to use the laptop setting when using a desktop. When on the laptop, unless you have a laptop that also has a number pad, it is advisable to use the laptop setting, because many of the keystrokes used when the keyboard is set to desktop require the use of a numpad. In order to change this setting, please go to the JAWS Help Menu, Startup Wizard. For the purposes of this training, we will refer to the JAWS-specific modifier key as “JAWS key.” When you hear “JAWS key,” press either the Insert key if your keyboard is set to Desktop or the Caps Lock key if your keyboard is set to Laptop.

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You are now viewing the Short-Term Programs course description for Distance Learning - Introduction to the Orion TI-84+ Talking Graphing Calculator Part 3

 Orion TI 84 prt 3Course Description:   

This Distance Learning course is Part 3 of our 3-part online course. It is recommended that students have their own TI-84+ while going though the tutorials. In addition, It is advised that students take this course alongside their TVI.

For Students Who:
*Have visual impairments
*Are in secondary math classes requiring use of a scientific, graphing calculator
*Are unable to work efficiently with a non-talking calculator 
*Have a TVI (or other adult) available who can assist with the computer and downloads as necessary

 

 

 Learning Objective:

Part 3: Develop skills using the calculator to complete fraction problems in addition to understanding the Calculator's Preferences Menu. 

Length:

self paced | approximately 1.5 hours

Important Note:
The goals of the class are to introduce students to the calculator, not to teach secondary math. The class is taught by a TVI, not a certified secondary math teacher. For help with challenging math concepts, please talk with your math teacher.

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DL TI 84 Part 2Course Description:

This Distance Learning course is Part 2 of our 2-part online course. It is recommended that students have their own TI-84+ while going through the tutorials. In addition, it is advised that students take this course alongside their TVI.

For Students Who:

  • Have visual impairments
  • Are in secondary math classes requiring use of a scientific, graphing calculator
  • Are unable to work efficiently with a non-talking calculator
  • Have a TVI (or other adult) available who can assist with the computer and downloads as necessary 

Learning Objective:

Part 2: Develop skills in using the Orion TI-84+ as a graphing calculator.

Length: self paced | approximately 1.5 hours

Important Note:

The goals of the class are to introduce students to the calculator, not to teach secondary math. The class is taught by a TVI, not a certified secondary math teacher. For help with challenging math concepts, please talk with your math teacher.

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You are now viewing the Short-Term Programs course description for Wellness Weekend.

March 1 - 3 (referrals due by January 4, 2019)

Grades 9 - 12

The Wellness Weekend program will focus on introducing students to health and fitness options that they may otherwise miss, with the goal of discovering useful strategies for developing personal wellness practices that they can continue to refine throughout their lives. Activities will emphasize the value of daily habits that integrate fun, recreational exercise, stress management techniques, and a healthy diet.

Activities will include:

  • Exploring a variety of activities, including adaptive athletics, martial arts, yoga, and more, to discover recreational options that each student enjoys
  • Exploring sound nutritional choices and alternatives to junk food
  • Exploring relaxation and mindfulness techniques for stress management
  • Creating individualized wellness goals for each student

For additional information about the content of this section contact:

Phoebe Williams at  or 512-206-9241.

Bethany Johnson  or 512-206-9238.

 

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You are now viewing the Short Term Programs course description for Distance Learning - School Year Book Club.

Student reading the bookFeaturing: A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

It's Back!

If you missed our Summer Book Club...You have another opportunity to read the amazing book, A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel and participate in our online course. Refer Now! This course is estimated to begin in January.

Target Audience:  Students in grades 6-8

Course Description:

The School Year Book Club is a unique opportunity for students from across the state to get to know each other while engaging in literacy activities. The book, A Blind Guide to Stinkville, by Beth Vrabel follows the main character, Alice, who faces her visual impairment head on when she moves to a new town with her family. This coming-of-age story centers around ECC themes including social skills, independent living skills, O&M, and self-determination. Students will be given access to the book in print or audio format, will read along during the class, and will engage in discussion via Google Classroom.

Learning Objective:  Students will develop literacy skills by reading the assigned book, analyzing elements of fiction as they pertain to the piece, and providing relevant and meaningful contributions to a group discussion using an online platform.

Length:  Approximately 6-10 Weeks. (Students will read the book on their own time and pace, but there is a structured timeline for students to complete each course section.) 

Important Note:  Students can access the book through the following services:

  • Bookshare: audio version, or ePub version in iBooks
  • BARD-Texas Talking Book Program: Braille and Audio Reading Downloads

If you need help purchasing an accessible version, we will be happy to assist you.

For additional information about this course please contact Kathi Garza at  or 512-206-9446.

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Screen shot of the beginning of the on line classCourse Description:

Our Google Classroom and JAWS Distance Learning Course is recommended for students who are interested in taking a TSBVI Distance Learning Course who currently use JAWS, or for students who use JAWS and Google Classroom in their home district who would like to learn more about navigating Google Classroom with JAWS.

Learning Objective: 

Learn to navigate Google Classroom using JAWS

Length: self paced, approximately 1.5 hours

Important Note:
Google Classroom is the Learning Management System that TSBVI Short-Term Programs will utilize for Distance Learning courses.

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