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by Liliana Diaz
August 18, 2020
Word on the street is that Osmo is the latest must-have gadget for every SLP and teacher participating remote/distance learning. So, what’s all the hype about? Is the Osmo Little Genius Kit worth the bucks? Well, here is my honest review about the Osmo as well as a “How-to” setup guide for air playing the Osmo on the Zoom and Google Meet Platform.
Like most people, I originally saw the Osmo being used on social media. Osmo is a set of e-learning games for children that include tactile exploration with innovative technology that can be played on a tablet. Depending on the kit that you purchase, Osmo comes with several toy pieces that are paired with the e-learning games that you can download on the tablet. You can learn more about Osmo and the e-games here.
The Osmo appeared to be such a cool and functional tool that can easily be used during remote learning. I had to find out what all the hype was for myself, so I ended up buying the Osmo – little Genius Start Kit for iPad for $79.99 on Amazon. There are several game kits that differ in price and can be purchased on the Osmo website or on Amazon. Each kit contains different toy pieces that pair with an e-learning Osmo game application. The starter kit contains the tablet base, Osmo camera, and an Osmo play mat which are the essential gadgets that you will need to get started. The tablet is not included in the kits, you will need to utilize your own iPad or fire tablet.
Upon arrival, I immediately opened the box and as advertised, the starter gadgets were included in the box as well as the tangible toy items included in the kit. Setup instructions were included in the box as well and the setup was fairly easy to follow. During the setup, I created an account and downloaded the Osmo Parent App by scanning the QR code that was on the box. Here is what the instructions and computer set up looks like.
Although the Osmo was originally created as a e-learning gadget on iPads for children, I purchased the Osmo as a tool that I can use to airplay books during teletherapy onto my computer, kind of like a document camera. Instructions on air playing the Osmo onto your computer were not included on the box, therefore, I needed to google how to do this. Here is a step-by-step explanation on how to do when using Zoom and Google Meet.
Here are some crucial steps that you will need to check and complete prior to air playing your tablet on any platform.
First, you will need to download the free Osmo Projector application on your tablet. This will allow your tablet to view the items that are directly in front of it and project it onto your computer.
Secondly, ensure that your iPad and computer are connected to the same wifi network.
If you do not have the latest updated version of the iPad or if you have an iPad and a PC computer, you will need to connect your iPad via a Type C hub port directly into your computer. You can purchase one on Amazon. This is the one that I have.
If you are going to use the Google Meet platform during teletherapy or remote teaching, ensure that you have QuickTime Player downloaded onto your computer prior to air playing.
Upon using Osmo on Zoom and Google Meet, I was immediately astonished to see how easily I can air play my therapy books and items onto my tablet. I really like how the image is not flipped and my students can easily see the book or item I am demonstrating on the screen. In addition, some of the e-learning games that come included with the Osmo are great for language therapy and can be used to target a variety of speech/language therapy goals! I definitely would recommend purchasing the Osmo if you are a SLP or teacher and will be participating in remote learning this school year. For me, the $79 was well worth the investment and I will for sure be using the Osmo during all of my teletherapy sessions.
September 13, 2020
Week 2 in the books for remote learning and I want to thank you for this tutorial. I had an Osmo gifted today me like 4 years ago and never actually used it. Who would’ve thought I needed it now. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for time and knowledge.
Does the type-C hub port allow you to give control of apps to students?
August 31, 2020
How does this compare to a document camera? I know you have the additional games but as far as mirroring your screen did you find it easier, better, faster, etc?
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by Liliana Diaz
November 09, 2020
by Liliana Diaz
September 01, 2020
As the new school year starts, I cannot help but think about my bilingual students and how their language proficiency might have shifted over the summer vacation. You may be wondering, what do you mean shifted? Well, before I can explain how my students’ language proficiency might have shifted, we need to talk about the complexity of bilingualism and the bilingual continuum.
by Liliana Diaz
August 24, 2020
As speech therapists, we are often easily influenced by the popular speech therapy books that are often talked on social media or blogs. I am guilty of using popular books like “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, if you give a mouse a cookie, etc. Don't get me wrong, these are great books that allow SLPs to target a variety of goals. However, you can also target a variety of goals with the following diverse and multi-cultural books as well. Here are my top picks for books to use in therapy as well as language goal areas that you can target with the books.
Welcome! I am Bilingual Speechie and this is my speech therapy blog! Here you will find bilingual (English & Spanish) resources & activities for speech language therapy! I am here to make the lives of all bilingual SLPs easier!
My name is Liliana Diaz-Vazquez and I obtained my bachelor’s degree in communication disorders in 2012 and my master’s degree in speech language pathology at Saint Xavier University in 2014.
I am a certified, licensed bilingual speech language pathologist (SLP) currently practicing in Chicago, Illinois. I have a passion with working with the bilingual population! I specialize in pediatrics with children ranging in ages from 1-18 years old and I predominantly serve bilingual and predominately Spanish-speaking students in general education programs, blended preschool programs and low-incidence programs.
I currently work full time in the public-school setting and part time in early intervention. I also run my own blog and create all sorts of bilingual resources/activities which I use with my own clients. I have extensive experience treating and evaluating a variety of disorders. I have worked with children with autism, Down syndrome, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, apraxia, fluency disorders, language disorders and developmental delays.
My areas of expertise include augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), bilingual language development and the assessment and treatment of language delays/disorders in bilingual children.
I am a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2014, a member of the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) since 2014 and maintain licensure in the state of Illinois.
Aside from working with families and children, I am a part time foodie! Follow me on social media to check out all my food adventures within Chicago!