My Experience with Osmo for Schools
by Omar Takadoum
During spring break, I had the amazing opportunity to work with young students on the Osmo for Schools’ Tangram app. The app uses different shapes to challenge the students and develop their problem solving skills, the point is to use the provided shapes to form silhouettes of animals or objects, with harder levels as you progress through the map.
The first day was a little challenging. For most of the kids, it was the first time using this app. It took them a little bit of time to figure out how to use the tiny mirror that plugs into your tablet camera, and how to lay down their shapes in order for the app to recognize them. But as soon as we got over this small obstacle, we hit the ground running and started clearing the levels.
As an instructor, it is always a challenge to keep a high engagement level in your class, sometimes only a few students will feel like participating, and you have to go above and beyond to try and get the rest of the class involved. But teaching with Osmo for Schools really made all the difference, because all of my students were having a blast with the app, and to be honest, so was I.
Sometimes a student would start to get frustrated for not being able to complete a challenge, but guiding them through it and seeing their smile after finally figuring out the solution, would make my whole day every single time. Another thing that I loved doing, whenever I saw a student struggling to find the pattern for their shapes, was to let them beat me to the solution, and then to act clueless and ask for their help to finish, they were so proud to walk me through the problem and how they solved it