OMSO

OSMO is an easy set up and easy to use technology.  I literally just set them up in my MakerSpace with an instruction sheet and the kids did the rest.  My only complaint is that OSMO only works with Apple iPad products which can get a bit pricey.  Here are the apps I use, hints to keep in mind and a few getting started activities I have found.

Apps:

  • Tangram: Arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on-screen shapes like animals, objects, humans and more.

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  • Words: Guess and spell out the on-screen hidden word by tossing down real-life letters. A related picture gives the clue.

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  • Numbers: Arrange physical tiles, including dots and digits, to add, count and multiply the tiles to match the numbers on the bubbles and complete levels.

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  • Masterpiece: Turns your iPad into a drawing tool.  Choose an image from the camera, web or OMSO gallery and Masterpiece will transform it into easy-to-follow lines.

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  • Newton: Students solve creative physics puzzles by drawing lines or placing items in front of the screen

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Helpful Hints:

  1. Remember that each OSMO base needs an iPad, it does not work with Android.  Even though each OSMO kit might come with multiple games you can play, it’s one game per base at one time.
  2. It helps to have your OSMO pieces organized.  I used smaller labeled bins that I found at Office Depot for the letters and numbers and then stored all these with the base and tangrams in a bigger bin.  I suggest leaving the tangrams in the case it comes with as it has a nice outline for each piece so it’s easy for students to see if a piece is missing.
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  3. OSMOs do not need an internet connection UNLESS you are downloading content you created or foundfrom the myOSMO website.
  4. If you have more than 1 OSMO, sometimes the letters and numbers can get mixed up. I enlisted a few 5th graders to be my weekly OSMO sorters who put all the numbers and letters back in the correct bins.
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