Osmo Learning System Resources

Students playing Osmo Words.
Students playing Osmo Words.

Osmo Resources

Herman L. Horn has begun using their incredible STEM Lab stocked full of all sorts of great things for students. One such thing is Osmos! The STEM Lab has 30 sets of Osmos for student use and a variety of different apps and hands on pieces to be used with them.


Early Learning Sets

  • Squiggle – use with Sticks and Rings (5 sets)
  • ABCs – use with Sticks and Rings (5 sets)
  • Costume Party – use with Costume Pieces (5 sets)
  • Stories – use with Costume Pieces (5 sets)
  • Monster – Use with whiteboards or paper and pencil
  • Numbers Toybox – Use with Numbers tiles (30 sets)

Grades 1-5

  • Words Edu – use with letter tiles (30 sets)
  • Newton – use with whiteboards or paper and pencil
  • Numbers Edu – use with Numbers tiles (30 sets)
  • Tangram Edu – use with Tangram pieces (30 sets)
  • Masterpiece – use with whiteboards or paper and pencil

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep hands and fingers away from the pieces after placing them so that Osmo can see it.
  • Keep the reflector centered along the top edge of your device so the camera can see the play space.
  • Keep the pieces close to your device so the camera can see them.
  • Play Osmo Tangram in a well-lit room. If your tabletop or surface is a dark color, it may be interfering with the software detection.
  • Try placing an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper on the tabletop, and then put the pieces on top of the paper.
  • Use whiteboards for Newton.

Check out this link from the Osmo for Schools website for more information for teachers – https://schools.playosmo.com/resources

Here’s the handout from the inservice:

Laptop Collection Directions

Backing Up Files in One Drive

Backing up Files in One Drive Handout

Backing Up Book Marks

Below are directions for exporting bookmarks in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.  You can export the bookmarks and save them in OneDrive, then after you get your new laptop you can follow directions to import bookmarks.

 Google Chrome:


Mozilla Firefox:


 Internet Explorer:


Roanoke Mini Maker Faire

The very first Roanoke Mini Maker Faire is coming to the Science Museum of Western Virginia on April 22 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, and I am beyond excited.

What is a Maker Faire? 

MF_RobotA Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  There are many Maker Faires across the world, and it’s so cool that Roanoke will have it’s very own AND that our students will be able to attend and participate in this global movement!

What will you see and do at the Roanoke Mini Maker Faire?IMG_8095

Students from all over the New River and Roanoke Valleys will be showing off their Maker skills – from lip balm to an interactive ocean exhibit to a dancing troupe of robots and much more.  Other Makers will be there too, including the Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club with their retro arcade games and robots.  There will be a chance to make Milkweed Missiles with kids from Green Valley Elementary and talk to the Wind Turbinators from Valley Elementary, and all sorts of other opportunities for kids (and kids at hear) to build and make.  All ages are welcome to attend, and it’s FREE!

Big Thanks!

Karen Richardson from The Virginia Society of Technology in Education and Hannah Weiss from the Science Museum of Western Virginia have been instrumental in getting this event to happen in our own backyard, and I am so grateful for their expertise and hard work.  Checkout the website for the event, reserve your free tickets, and check out the list of Makers that will be there.

We hope you will bring the whole family and stop by to glimpse the future and get inspired at the Greatest Show and Tell (on Earth)!





Water Conservation Projects with Adobe Spark

After their experience with their Level Up Village Global Scientists projects, students in Mrs. Meredith’s class wanted to create a media message to encourage people to save water.  They had learned that, in their community, water waste was one of the biggest issues. Check out some of their water conservation projects using Adobe Spark.

Morning Group

Afternoon Group

These students are helping make our world a better place! This project addressed Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.  Learn more about the SDGS here – http://www.teachsdgs.org/

This project was also posted here: Fort Lewis Digital Archive.