There are lots of tools out there that claim to be a “new and innovative way of using the iPad,” but when you look at them closely they are often just a modified version of what we have seen before.  The Osmo, however, is actually something truly new and innovative.  The Osmo is a piece of technology hardware that allows you to connect the iPad with physical play.  The Osmo includes an iPad stand and then a clip on mirror that attaches to the top of your iPad.  Depending on the kit you purchase, the Osmo also comes with tangram pieces and letters for to be used in the learning games.  The Mirror attachment allows the table space in front of the iPad to connect with the screen so you can actually place objects in front of the iPad to play the game and complete challenges. For example, in the tangram game, the Osmo app provides you with puzzles and the students place the tangrams on the table in front of the iPad and their work shows up on the screen.  Check out their website to see videos that explain some of the other amazing things you can do with the Masterpiece, Words, and Newton apps.

Simple Uses?

Each of the apps allow this tool to be used in reading, writing, math, and science.  The Newton app is a great way to teach students about force and motion and problem solving.  The words app is an easy way to have students practice spelling rules.  The tangrams app has clear applications for math and of course the masterpiece app could be used in art or writing.  I could see this being used as a center in the classroom for extension work or extra practice.

Do I Plan To Use It?

As I mentioned above, I want to try it out first and see how it works.

Commitment And Learning Curve

It seems like it would be quite low based on the tutorials and reviews.

Best For

ES

Cost

$79 for the osmo and all the game pieces.

Website

www.playosmo.com