Osmo has released a new game for its popular and award-winning iPad game system called Coding Jam. Like other Osmo games, there is a strong focus on combining learning and play to create an educational experience that is somewhat unique at home or in today’s classrooms. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect from Osmo Coding Jam.
What is Coding Jam?
Coding Jam builds on the success of another Osmo coding game called Coding with Awbie. The premise of this new game is fairly simple. Kids will compose their own music by arranging coding blocks in patterns or sequences. It’s an open ended game that combines music fundamentals with coding fundamentals in a fun and creative way. Kids can compose with a wide variety of sounds depending on the character and world that they choose, and multiple tracks can be layered on top of each other to create a polyphonic music track that can be shared with others. Watch the video below to get an idea of what this looks like in practice.
What’s in the Box?
As with other Osmo games, the app is available for free on the App Store, but you need to purchase the Coding Jam kit (and use the Osmo base stand) in order to play the game. Coding Jam comes with a number of core and specialized magnetic coding blocks but if you already have Coding with Awbie, you can test out the first few levels of Coding Jam for free simply by downloading the Coding Jam app. However, Osmo say that in order to get the full experience for Coding Jam, you will have to purchase the Coding Jam kit because it includes specialized blocks that are unique to that game.
Even More from Osmo
Coding Jam is the latest in a growing library of hands-on educational games for the iPad, and it is likely to make them even more popular in education. Did you know that Osmo kits are currently being used in over 22,000 schools in 42 different countries around the world? Learn more about how to use Osmo in the classroom and see the full range of kits that are available in my Osmo Classroom Gear Guide.