Examples of student work using Osmo's Masterpiece App:
Earlier this year my amazing media specialist asked me if I was interested in an Osmo . They were having a buy-one-get-one (for a classroom teacher) event and she was planning on buying one for the media center. After finding out what an Osmo was... I was hooked.
So... What is the Osmo?
The Osmo unit is a white base piece that houses an iPad. There is a mirror encased in red plastic that slides onto the top of your iPads camera. The mirror redirects the camera downward and records your hand as it interacts with the different apps available. We use the Masterpiece app and the Tangram app in the art room.
My students love the Osmo Masterpiece app. It is easy AND fun to use. They can pick from the pictures preloaded on the app or they can search the web with the app to find something to draw. The app records the students work as the draw and creates a speed clip of the student working as well as a picture of the finished work.
I have been using the Osmo to record myself and my students working on their projects to see if we could create speed films without looking up pictures... AND IT IS SO COOL.
I started posting to Twitter (@WallerArt) to share the videos my students made and @playosmo started retweeting what I was sharing. My kids love to see their work and my work being shared in the Twitterverse.
I had parents e-mailing me before the holidays asking me what an Osmo was and where they could get one because their kids wanted one for Christmas.
Osmo has sent packages filled with swag on 2 different occasions. The customer service is wonderful and responsive in email and in social media.
What do I use the Osmo for?
Student who traditionally don't appreciate art class (the few and far between) have been coming in to the art room in the morning before school and at lunch to ask to use the Osmo.
I use the Osmo as a motivational extension activity.
Students can work individually or paired up.
It is a great tech tool to use in the art room.
Students struggling with portraiture learn to see proportions in a different way.
Students learn to draw while looking at an object and not their hand.
Helps with focus.
Add on activities for students who finish early.
Creating AMAZING speed art videos.
So... whats the downside to Osmo?
You have to have an iPad.
The iPad has to be out of its case to be used with the Osmo system (BIG problem in some classes).
Kids can get really dependent on it and not want to draw from life or from their own imagination.
I only have 1 Osmo so the kids fight over it.
I loved the Osmo so much that I even bought one for my own kids. Also- I used the Osmo to make my first tutorial! Click on the button and watch me awkwardly explain my favorite Osmo app.
Examples of teacher work from Osmo's Masterpiece app: