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Friday, April 14, 2017

OSMO is at Edgewood Primary

By Ashley Luczak

OSMO the award-winning interactive IPad System is on loan in the Edgewood Primary Library this month. The system was borrowed through the Lending Library at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in the Waterfront. Students will be using the interactive technology during their weekly library visits. Each game is hands-on and offers a Makerspace component to the normal technology. The three interactive games being offered are:

Students learn spatial relations and geometry with Tangrams

Tangrams: which teaches spatial relational skills and geometry -a point of focus on the third grade Math PSSA test.

Words: which reinforces spelling and critical thinking skills.

Numbers: which focuses on counting, addition, and multiplication.

Technology is embedded in student learning

In addition to the weekly library class teachers are encouraged to sign out the OSMO units in the school library for additional learning times. As the Library Media Specialist I see every student in the school. I know each student’s strengths and weaknesses. By offering OSMO in the library as part of my coding and technology unit I have seen students shine! Some students who struggle with the everyday paper and pencil activities really come to life with these interactive games. Tangrams and coding are especially unique for students. It’s a whole different way of thinking. Some student’s brains are wired to think like that and this gives them an opportunity to highlight their strengths and be a star. The best part of OSMO is that it is all-inclusive, any student at any age or ability level can enjoy this and be an active participant. Every student can succeed and be challenged. At the end of the day that’s my goal to know that every child “got it”. OSMO meets that challenge.