Being a personal trainer for the brain, I am always looking for multisensory tools that can develop the different cognitive processing areas. A few months back, a saw a video promotion for OSMO and I was hooked. I preordered OSMO and recently received my materials. I'm happy to say that it has exceeded my expectations!
What Exactly is OSMO?
OSMO is a wonderful tool that brings iPad activities into the real world. This new technology utilizes the space in front of the iPad to take games off the screen. The use of a base and a reflective camera, allows players to interact with three game-like apps. Drawings and physical objects are captured by the device and transported back onto the screen. The product also provides actual tangram shapes as well as letter tiles that can be used in the activities. Once the apps are downloaded, there is no need for the internet to play the activities.
What Do I Get When I Purchase OSMO?
OSMO comes with three, neat and well-designed boxes that magnetically snap together. One box holds the base and reflective device that slips onto the iPad. The other two boxes hold manipulatives for two of the games. Otherwise, directions guide the buyer on how to set up your own iPad by going to a web address and then downloading three free apps. The set up was quick and simple.
Tell Me More About the Three Activities?
There are three games offered by the company: Newton, Tangrams, and Words:
- Newton: This game develops spatial reasoning skills, visual-spatial abilities, and executive functioning. The object of this game is to divert a falling ball to one or more targets. Players can do this by first placing a piece of paper or a dry erase board in front of the OSMO and either drawing or placing objects onto this surface. These drawing or objects then appear on the iPad screen, diverting the ball to the target.
- Tangram: This game develops visual spatial abilities, nonverbal reasoning, fine motor skills, and executive functioning. Wooden puzzle pieces can be arranged in the playing field, challenging players to match images projected on the iPad. The game guides players through the process and slowly reveals a map of more difficult puzzles.
- Words: This game develops verbal reasoning skills, sequential processing and decoding abilities. Images are projected on the iPad to serve as word clues. Players can then place letter tiles in the playing field to guess the possible word. Players can play individually or they can compete against another player. The game gets progressively more difficult as play continues. Best of all you can upload your own words and images to make this game applicable to current academics. What a wonderful way to practice spelling or vocabulary words!
What About the Future of OSMO?
- The designers claim that they have plans to create more interactive games if the company grows. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
- OSMO has even caught the eye of Apple. Apple will be featuring it on their website.
- I contacted the company to ask whether I could create separate student profiles. It is not possible at present, but they said that they are already working on this feature and hope to release it soon.
Where Can I View a Video of OSMO?
How Can I Purchase OSMO?
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I would love to hear your thoughts about OSMO and learn about your experiences with this new, awesome device.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY. To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz