OCALA, Fla. (WCJB)- Sarah Gold is a first grade teacher at Madison Street Academy in Ocala. Her philosophy is to teach with hands on learning. Which is why it may come as a surprise that she uses 7 iPads in her classroom, and is looking for more.
The tablets are used after her lesson plans, with a program called Osmo. Osmo is an educational gaming system which keeps kid's focused on a variety of objects. The gaming system registers movement off the tablet so kids don't have to spend all of their time staring at a screen.
Gold says Osmo has been helpful because kids can spend the time after the lesson learning at their own pace, either bringing their skills to the next level or reinforcing classroom concepts.
The activities encourage collaborations with classmates which helps with their social skills and ability to communicate.
Osmo is available for parents. Some parents of the students in the classroom bought Osmo for their kids. Gold says it's an opportunity for kids can play games that are relevant to the lessons they learned in the classroom.