What’s New With Osmo for Schools in 2019?

I got an email today from Osmo. It was announcing two new mobile apps that they have just added to their platform. It reminded me that I haven’t spent much time thinking about Osmo in a little while, so I thought I would take a look at some of their latest offerings to see what was new. As it happens, there have been some significant developments since the last time I visited their website, so I wanted to share some of those below. Some affiliate links are included.

What is Osmo?

Osmo is a unique blend of hands-on technology for students. It uses physical game pieces and the camera on a mobile device to interact with a variety of fun, educational apps. Osmo works with an iPhone, iPad or Amazon Fire tablet. An Osmo base is required for all games, and although you have to pay for the physical game pieces, most of the apps are free. It is aimed at kids in grades K-6, and covers classroom skills like Math, Reading, Computational Thinking, Art, and more.

Comparing Osmo Kits

Although you can buy the Osmo base and accessories separately, you save more in the long run by opting for one of the bundle kits. You can see those below.

  • Genius Kit ($99): Comes with Osmo Classic Base for iPad, Tangram pieces, Numbers tiles and Words tiles. It can be used with the free Numbers, Tangram, Words, Newton, and Masterpiece apps, (but if you have a decent sized dry erase board, you can also use the free Monster app).
  • Creative Genius kit ($145): Comes with all of the above and includes the
    Monster Creative Board, dry-erase markers, and a fuzzy pouch. It can be used with the free Numbers, Tangram, Words, Newton, Masterpiece and Monster apps.
  • Explorer Kit ($189): Comes with everything in the Creative Genius Kit, and includes coding blocks that can be used with the Coding Awbie app.

The two new apps that Osmo just released, Words Explorers and Numbers Toybox, will work with any of the kits listed above because they use the letter and number packs. However, unlike the other Osmo apps, they are not free. Words Explorers and Numbers Toybox are $9.99 each.

Osmo Games & Add-ons

Osmo has a number of games and add-ons that can be purchased separately. If you already have a base and a few packs, you can buy these add-ons to expand your learning options. They include:

  • Coding Jam ($59): Learn coding skills while creating musical compositions!
  • Coding Awbie ($49): Go on a coding adventure with Awbie
  • Pizza Co Game (39): Practice math skills in your very own pizza parlor.
  • Detective Agency ($39): Learn about geography and world cultures while solving mysteries
  • Monster Game ($49): Get creative and help the monster tell a story by drawing
  • Super Studio ($20): A collection of Disney themed drawing challenges

Resources for Teachers

With over 30,000 classrooms using Osmo, it only makes sense that the company spent some time creating resources for teachers who are looking to maximize the educational potential of this product. Here are some links to the materials that they created for educators:

Osmo for Schools

Are you using Osmo kits with your students? What are your favorite applications and how do you connect them back to the standards you are working on in class?

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