When I first saw what an Osmo could do - I was a little apprehensive. I wasn't sure what benefit, if any, it would provide for myself or students. However, after ordering one, I WAS WRONG!!! This is SO SO cool and I can think of SO SO many ways to use it - unbelievable! Maybe not the apps connected with it, BUT the power to create stacks to LOAD onto the app - WOW!
Here is picture of it if you have NO idea what I am talking about:
Tangrams - here is a picture:
Words - here is a picture:
Here is the one that I really got excited about!!! Kiddos either work together or against each other to come up with a word that matches the picture. You can specify with category you'd like OR you can go online and create your own "deck" of words for your kids to do! Again, A M A Z I N G! I loved this - and the best part is that when they work collaboratively together - they can BOTH learn word meanings, spelling or words, etc... pretty neat!
Newton - here is a picture:
There is NOT a box for this one, as they simply use a "white" surface to play. Little balls will drop on the iPad, and kiddos have to either DRAW a path for them to fall and hit a target, or use objects to create a path for the ball to hit the target - one the balls have hit the target three times, they move to the next level, progressively getting harder, of course! This one took a little getting used to, but talk about higher level thinking - GEEZ!
Question of the Day - HOW MUCH? Typically this costs $99, BUT if you use this link - you can get it for $79.99 with free shipping - so at least you save a little money! I would HIGHLY recommend this for any classroom PreK-2nd grade FOR SURE! BUT - I had seniors in here the other day and they played it for over an hour and WANTED MORE!!!:)
I sent mine home with Mrs. Grabow, a Kindergarten teacher, and here is her direct quote: "SWEEET!!! I had Brock and Bridger playing it last night. They loved
the competition part of the letters!!! I am excited to look into the
site more to find out all that you can do with the letter part..." She merely had her two sons play it and it was a HIT:)!!
Good Luck and Have Fun - Happy Monday all,