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por Liliana Diaz
agosto 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.
septiembre 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?
agosto 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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por Liliana Diaz
abril 29, 2021
I learned several tips and other information as I began to work with an interpreter for the first time. For the very first time, I knew exactly how it felt like to be a monolingual SLP. I took this opportunity as a learning experience and reflected on how I can improve my family communication skills, cultural awareness and humility while working with these families. Continue reading to learn about some of the key points I took away while working with interpreters.
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por Liliana Diaz
febrero 25, 2021
As speech language pathologists, we need to be able to determine exactly where our bilingual student falls on the bilingual continuum by measuring the his/her language dominance in both languages. Why is this important and how do we do this you may ask? I will answer your questions down below:
por Liliana Diaz
febrero 04, 2021
¡Bienvenidos! ¡Soy Bilingual Speechie y este es mi blog de logopedia! ¡Aquí encontrará recursos y actividades bilingües (inglés y español) para la terapia del habla y lenguaje! ¡Estoy aquí para hacerles la vida más fácil!
Mi nombre es Liliana Díaz-Vázquez y obtuve mi licenciatura en trastornos de la comunicación en 2012 y mi maestría en patología del habla y lenguaje en la Universidad Saint Xavier en 2014.
Soy patóloga del habla y lenguaje bilingüe certificada (SLP) y actualmente trabajo en Chicago, Illinois. ¡Me apasiona trabajar con la población bilingüe! Me especializo en pediatría con niños de edades 1 a 18 años y principalmente trabajo con estudiantes bilingües y hispanohablantes en programas de educación general, programas preescolares y programas de educación especial.
Actualmente trabajo a tiempo completo en las escuelas públicas y a tiempo parcial en intervención temprana. También tengo mi propio blog y creo todo tipo de recursos / actividades bilingües que utilizo con mis propios clientes. Tengo una amplia experiencia en el tratamiento y la evaluación de una variedad de trastornos. He trabajado con niños con autismo, síndrome de Down, deficiencias cognitivas, discapacidades de aprendizaje, apraxia, trastornos de fluidez, trastornos del lenguaje y retrasos en el desarrollo.
Mis áreas de especialización incluyen comunicación aumentativa / alternativa (CAA), desarrollo del lenguaje bilingüe y la evaluación y tratamiento de retrasos / trastornos del lenguaje en niños bilingües.
Soy miembro de la American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) desde el 2014, miembro de la Illinois Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) desde el 2014 y tengo mi licencia en el estado de Illinois.
Además de trabajar con familias y niños, ¡soy un "foodie" de medio tiempo! ¡Sígueme en las redes sociales para ver todas mis aventuras gastronómicas en Chicago!