Osmo – a magical amalgamation

John CowellClassroom Resources, Collaborative, Teaching & Learning

Osmo – Osmo is a magical amalgamation of physical manipulatives and apps.screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-11-57-58

 What is it

Using a mirror perched on top of the iPad’s front-facing camera, the Osmo apps can “see” and interact with objects sitting on the table in front of the iPad.

Purchasing an Osmo Starter Kit gives you the iPad stand and mirror, a set of well-made wooden tangram pieces, and two full set of letters (£60.99).

Tangram, Osmo Numbers, Words, Masterpiece, and Newton are the apps connected with Osmo. Each app specializes in something different. Tangram offers four levels of play. The iPad screen shows an item created with tangram pieces. The user then moves the physical tangram pieces to match the image on the iPad screen. For each accurate tangram placement, a rewarding sound is played.

 How I use it.

This app is best suited for students six and above. Osmo letters offers two levels, junior and Play. The junior level shows a picture on the screen with a corresponding word with all the letters in place except for one. I let the pupils figure out what the word is, and then the missing letter. It can be played with multiple players and it quickly becomes a fun competition.

Numbers begins by teaching number concepts and number recognition in a fun, adorable game where children pop bubbles filled with water by matching the numbers on the bubbles to an equal amount of number tiles placed on the table. As the students’ progress, the numbers get bigger and more difficult.

The app developers outdid themselves with Newton. Newton is a physics-based game and the user does not need any physical manipulatives to play. A ball drops from the top of the iPad screen. The Pupils goal is to get the ball to hit one or more targets randomly placed on the screen. To do this, students must change the trajectory of the ball. Doing so requires users to place objects on the table in front of the iPad. The ball on the screen then bounces and rolls off these objects. Creativity and problem solving abounds in this app.

Osmo is one of a kind and creative! I highly recommend it!

Osmo – a magical amalgamation
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Summary
The Osmo learning system is a wonderful group activity that engages pupils of all ages, encourages creativity, and delivers that elusive blend of learning and laughing.
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