Illinois Odyssey of the Mind created Odyssey Academy, a free series of videos designed to introduce students, parents, teachers and coaches to Odyssey of the Mind and guide them through the Odyssey of the Mind experience. A huge thank you to Illinois OotM for allowing us to share these fantastic videos with our region's Omers.
Here’s what Illinois OotM has to say about the videos and why they were created:
What if you had a series of videos that guided you and your children/students through Odyssey of the Mind?
Now you do...
So, here's the common refrain we often hear from parents and teachers looking to start Odyssey of the Mind:
"I *know* OM sounds like an amazing program, and I want my child to participate, but I don't know how to get started or what to do once we start?!"
Well, have we got a solution for you! Odyssey Academy is a free, 15-lesson online experience that walks you and your children/students through the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) program from A to Z! Whether you watch one video a week for 15 weeks or work on a different schedule, Odyssey Academy is designed to "coach" brand new teams and returning teams through the OM process so that, by the end of the series, your child/student will have a complete OM project they did entirely on their own!
HOW IT WORKS:
That's it! Our goal is to help busy parents and teachers provide the world-renowned OM program to their children and students during this unprecedented time. Students can watch the videos on their own and complete the program and/or you can watch the videos and coach them along the way, as well! With over six hours of videos and lots of new skills, tools, and examples, *everyone* can learn how to participate in OM and solve his/her selected OM problem!
Lesson 1: What is OM?
Lesson 2: What You Will Do in OM
Lesson 3: The Long-Term Problem
Lesson 4: Creativity and Brainstorming
Lesson 5: Solving Your Long-Term Problem
Lesson 6: Focus and Style
Lesson 7: How to Write a Skit
Lesson 8: Building Your Solution
Lesson 9: Tweaking for Improvement
Lesson 10: Spontaneous
Lesson 11: Practice, Practice, Practice
Lesson 12: The Paperwork
Lesson 13: How to Compete
Lesson 14: Understanding Judge Scores
Lesson 15: Reflecting on What You Have Learned/Done