My @PlayOsmo Coding pack came in!

Nadia and OsmoMy Osmo Coding pack just came in. In order to truly test it out, I gave it to my daughter, Nadia, to play with. I did not really teacher her anything and she does not have any experience with Scratch, but that did not stop her. The Osmo coding software on the iPad does a great job of visually introducing the meaning of the tiles, how they work together, and how to modify the tiles to control the commands sent to the character on the screen. Before too long, Nadia was bumping quickly up through the basic levels.

This EdTech tool fits nicely before coding sites like Scratch, Code.org, and Codecademy.com, and after non-digital analogue¬†coding activities (1, 2, 3). Even the design of the Osmo Coding pack begs to sit nicely between ¬†tactile and digital media. It’s a really good design that not a lot of companies are making products for.

As with all of the Osmo packs, I recommend good lighting and a light, solid colored table to play on. Our dining room table, as seen in the video below, is kicks out more glitches than there would normally be in a school environment.

Meet Osmo. :)¬†… and help a child learn to code! @PlayOsmo

ad37220.logo_300Osmo is basically a mirror you hang off the top of an iPad camera so it can read specially designed blocks that kids move around to play educational games. The newest set of blocks they released teaches children the basics of coding – the thought process required to think through a problem’s solution.

Two Christmases ago my daughter got her first Osmo kit that included Tangram¬†, Words, and Masterpiece. These are all great tools that are finding their way into our District’s elementary libraries. When you mix a child, an adult, and Osmo you find yourself in a powerfully engaging and educational environment.

The new Coding set of blocks seems like a great fit for our primary students before they venture into popular beginning coding tools like Scratch and Code.org. Check it out:

Excited to try my @AnkerOfficial Power Core 20100 battery pack!

A1271011_TD01So, after I shattered my screen on my iPhone 6 Plus a few months ago, I brought it in to Batteries Plus to get a new digitizer and screen put on my phone. They messed it up quite badly. Battery drains really fast, there are color distortions on the top part of the screen, and the proximity sensor does not turn off the screen when answering the phone. I need to pony up to get this fixed eventually.

But, for the time being, I need to have a battery backup and I think the Anker Power Core 20100 should to the trick well. Bought it here. Should charge my phone a few times before needing to be replenished. Going to helpful at conferences and this summer when I am off to Miami Beach, Fl for the Schoology convention.