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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.

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

 

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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.

For additional information about the content of this section contact:

Amanda Fierro at  or 512-206-9294.

Kathi Garza at  or 512-206-9446.

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OutdoorExploration TreeWalk  

May 14- 17 (referrals due by March 19, 2020)

Grades 6-8

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 middle school 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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Course Description:

Abacus Part 2, Addition and Subtraction will teach the student addition and subtraction on the Cranmer abacus using the Counting Method. It is essential that students take this course alongside their TVI, as the TVI must be prepared to monitor learning, supervise practice sessions, and assist in implementing the use of the abacus in the regular classroom.

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For Students Who:

*Have either taken the Abacus Part 1, Introduction to the Abacus and Counting, course or have knowledge of the parts of the abacus and how to count to 999.

*Have visual impairments

*Are taking elementary math classes in which the four operations are taught, for whole numbers, values with decimals, and fractions

*Are unable to work easily and efficiently with "pencil-and-paper" computations

*Have a TVI (or another adult) available who can assist with technological aspects of taking an online course and who can monitor progress and provide practice on a frequent basis.


Learning Objective:

Students will use the Cranmer abacus to master the addition and subtraction exchanges, the addition of 1-, 2-, and 3-digit numbers, and the subtraction of 1-, 2-, and 3-digit numbers.
Important Note:
We cannot overstate the need for supervised practice between viewing sessions, in order for students to master the skills presented in the videos. In addition, elementary students will need support to transfer their skills to the regular classroom.

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October  6 - 10 (referrals due by August 23)

Graphaganza! is a class designed to introduce students to a variety of tools and strategies for reading and creating tactile graphics. During the class, students journey together to complete a quest, ultimately producing a Tactile Graphics Portfolio that they can take home, including diagrams, maps, and tables. From low-tech tools to the latest in electronics, students will explore effective adaptations for blind and low vision learners in the context of tactile graphics production.

Focus areas of the class include:

  • Using linear measuring devices
  • Graphing on a number line and a coordinate plane
  • Interpreting and constructing tactile graphics
  • Interpreting and constructing geometric figures
  • Using a talking scientific calculator
  • Using a talking graphing calculator

At the end of the class, TSBVI staff and district TVIs will discuss the objectives, instructional strategies, vocabulary, and next steps in order to maintain the students' and TVIs' and/or adaptive materials specialist’s skills with tactile graphics and math tools.

During the spring semester, an online follow-up session will take place. This gives students and their teachers the opportunity to reconnect, discuss progress, and build upon skills learned during the on-campus workshop

Students applying for this class should be capable of grade level performance in mathematics, after mastering the use of appropriate adaptive tools and strategies.

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

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September 5 - 8 

Grades 2 - 3

Elementary Independence Weekends provide our youngest students the opportunity to develop and practice skills of independent living through age-appropriate, high-interest themes. These students also get to practice, sometimes for the first time, being away from home in an environment that is designed for success! The short duration of the program matched with 24-hour supervision and a high level of engagement during the instructional day and residential program leaves little time for homesickness. By Sunday morning, many students regret having to leave as they’ve started new friendships that often last through their school-age years coming to TSBVI and beyond.

While participating in stimulating activities, students are challenged to practice many skills related to the Expanded Core Curriculum for visually impaired students in the areas of independent living, self-advocacy, organization, spatial-motor, recreation-leisure, and social interactions.

Themes from past years have included:

Holiday Heroes
Kids in the Kitchen
Pioneer Times in Texas
Paleontology Rocks!

Most importantly, these classes provide an opportunity for students to interact, learn, and share their unique experiences as individuals with visual impairments.

For additional information about the content of this section contact John Rose at or 512-206-9131.

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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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 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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