Osmo is a game system that uses an iPad to engage in physical play. An image is shown on the screen and the player engages by creating words, numbers, Tangrams, etc. A whole range of games is available.
- Braille Letter ID A-Z
- Dot 4 5 initial contractions
- Final letter contractions
- Alphabet Contractions A-Z
- Braille Word Signs
I have created:
- Strong Group Signs
- Lower Group signs/Words
- Braille Shortform A Words
- Dot 5 Contractions
- 4-6, 5-6 Contractions
- 4-6, 4-5-6 Contractions
- Shortform B Words
- Shortform Words P1
- Shortform Words P2
- Shortform Words P3
- EBAE Retired Symbols
These are all able to be downloaded from the Osmo website once you have an account.
To get started, you will need the following:
- an iPad
The student or teacher would need an Osmo set. The starter "Genius kit" is about $79.99
The instructions are roughly the same across all Osmo Word sets. As you get into the app, there are some choices for how to play (collaboratively, one on one, etc.).
Accessing the Braille Games
- To get the braille albums you first need to sign in to your "myosmo" account on the iPad, go into the words app and click on "library".
- At the top of the screen there is a button that says "download more at my osmo". Click on that and it will open a new window on the internet.
- In the search bar type in the word "braille". Several albums will appear, select the album you want to download.
- At this point it will bring you into the album to see the different cards. On the top of the screen it will say "add to words game".
- Once it is finished downloading, it will show up into the words app under "installed" with a check mark on it. Every game that has a checkmark will be able to be played in the versus or zen play option.
It isn't particularly accessible with VoiceOver, as this is really for students with low vision and other dual media students.
I foresee us making even more albums, especially since our students have loved this game and it is a nice addition to support our curriculum.