I can’t believe that I have not posted about the Osmo Game system – a truly interactive device for the iPad. The Osmo Game system was demonstrated by Lisa Reas, Professional Development Extraordinaire at an edcampMKE this past May. I was really WOWED by her virtual education activities including this iPad game system. The Osmo Game activities provide interactive, manipulative activities using real blocks, markers or tiles as a learning activity. As an OT, the games provide true fine motor, manipulative and visual perceptual engagement using the iPad and real manipulatives! (I want one!)
How does the Osmo Game system work?
Imagine blocks manipulated in front of an iPad that are sensed for their position in space using a device attached to the iPad. When blocks are manipulated and positioned appropriately according to the design presented on the iPad screen, visual placement is recorded by the device and app associated with the Osmo Game system. Visual feedback is given to the user on their production.
A little hard to imagine? Here is a video showing how the Osmo Games work to help you wrap your brain around the system …
Here are the activities or games that come with the Osmo Game system at present:
Newton is a problem solving drawing activity
All apps associated with the Osmo Game system are available for free.
Seem a little much for just completing a block design? Yes, perhaps, but consider the possibilities and engagement by students or adults for that matter. Our students are so used to electronic game systems and attaining engagement with our tech-savvy kids just isn’t what it used to be. So here is a mix of electronics, visual perception and manipulation! Further, just think of the potential if this could record and give feedback for letter formation, spacing perhaps handwriting, or better yet give feedback for tasks performed for individuals with visual impairments? No, it is not there yet, but think of the potential. It certainly is beyond me!
Currently, the Osmo Game system can be pre-ordered for a reduced cost of $49. + shipping. The next shipping is projected for October (I am so sad I missed the August order date!!). Pre-orders can be made at the following link:
Will this be in your OT mTool Kit? I can’t wait for mine to come…