The STEAMY Summer Podcast Series, presented by Osmo Education, features educators’ perspectives on the importance of a high-quality STEM and STEAM education. Our guests are a diverse group of Osmo Ambassadors, who share their favorite tips and strategies for enhancing student engagement and enjoyment in learning, give us their favorite “hot tips” for using Osmo learning tools in the PreK-5 classroom, and much more.
Play-Based STEAM Strategies with Adam Peterson
In the first episode of Osmo Education’s STEAMY Summer podcast series, our guest is Adam Peterson. Adam is an award-winning educator from Illinois and a nationally recognized speaker. After spending more than a decade as a kindergarten teacher, Adam now uses his knowledge and talents to inspire, educate, and motivate other teachers to create classrooms that encourage creativity, play, and hands-on learning. He is the author of the recent book Teach, Play, Learn.
Adam discusses the reasons why play is an important part of learning in the STEAM subject areas, shares some “non-obvious” opportunities to incorporate play-based learning, describes strategies used in kindergarten that are also useful for upper elementary grades, and more.
Hot Tip: To close out the episode, Adam shares his number one “Hot Tip” for teachers using Osmo learning tools to begin the next school year: letting students explore by creating a space in the classroom that is a dedicated “Osmo area” where kids can use the tools anytime.
New Teachers, Modern Learning with Dave Blanchard
Dave Blanchard is the guest on episode two of Osmo Education’s STEAMY Summer podcast series. Dave is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Development in the School of Education at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota. He specializes in modern learning experiences, andragogy, and tangible educational technology, and is always rolling up his sleeves to help educators better design learning experiences.
Dave explains how educators can approach STEAMY summer activities like true scientists, discusses what new teachers need to know about differentiation in STEAM, defines modern learning environments and shares what’s required for newer educators to become familiar with such environments, tells us why he feels strongly about the benefits of tangible edtech, and more.
Hot Tip: To close out the episode, Dave shares his number one “Hot Tip” for teachers using Osmo learning tools to begin the next school year: check out the Osmo Education website (https://schools.playosmo.com/products) to find the Osmo learning tools created specially for schools with durable, easy-to-clean plastic parts. Educators will notice the benefits from these tools, which were created to meet classroom needs.
Motor Skills, Multisensory Learning & More with Nisha Sanghvi
On this episode of the STEAMY Summer podcast series, we hear from Nisha Sangvhi, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. At her practice, Integrated Pediatrics in Aurora, Illinois, Nisha provides therapy services in home settings and in the community to address goals that are determined by the child’s needs.
Nisha discusses why she believes a child’s job is to play; explains how she uses Osmo tools to help children develop fine motor skills, visual-perceptual motor skills, comprehension and expression of language, and executive functioning; why these skills are all relevant to students’ STEAM learning; and more.
Hot Tip: To close out the episode, Nisha shares her number one “Hot Tip” for educators using Osmo learning tools to begin the next school year: find what your students like, meet them where they are, and get them truly engaged so they’ll excel in their skill development.
The Awesome Arts with Micah Brown
On this episode of the STEAMY Summer podcast series, we speak with Micah Brown, a Technology & Innovation Lead Teacher in Andover, Kansas who is also one of the founders of the Awesome Squiggles global art challenge.
Micah tells us why the A in STEAM is so essential, describes how Osmo Masterpiece is used in the Awesome Squiggles art challenge, explains why creativity and collaboration are such important skills across all STEAM subjects, shares her idea of a thriving classroom environment, and more.
Hot Tip: To close out the episode, Micah shares her number one “Hot Tip” for educators using Osmo learning tools to begin the next school year: have students read a book (fiction or nonfiction) that doesn’t have illustrations, and encourage them to use Osmo Masterpiece to be the illustrators of that book.
Increasing Cross-Curricular Engagement with Joseph Kerney
On this episode of the STEAMY Summer podcast series, our guest is Joseph Kerney, a fourth grade teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School. He’s finishing his sixth year at the school after teaching for several years in Chicago Public Schools.
Joseph discusses cross-curricular learning in STEAM, shares his experience using Osmo tools to increase students’ engagement in subjects that aren’t typically their favorites, tells us about the dreams he has for his students and himself, and more.
Hot Tip: To close out the episode, Joseph shares his number one “Hot Tip” for educators using Osmo learning tools to begin the next school year. He recommends using Osmo Words to spark students’ interest; even reluctant spellers have fun and get engaged in their learning.