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Osmo Coding Jam Teaches Kids to Code and Rock Out – WHS 209

Osmo Coding Jam Teaches Kids to Code and Rock Out - WHS 209


I was recently given early access to Osmo Coding Jam to review the product ahead of its launch. It’s a game combined with tactile elements that teach kids to code using pictograms on tiles.

A nifty stand and mirror allow your iPad to see the tiles laying on a table in front of the device. It’s an ingenious design that I found fun to use.

Before I give my full review, here are some things you’ll want to know about Osmo Coding Jam. Continue Reading →

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Osmo Coding Jam Unboxing and Reveal

The latest fun & interactive game from Osmo has just been announced and I have a copy to review. Look for a review in an upcoming podcast. Until then, here’s an unboxing video for you!

Osmo Coding Jam

Coding Jam combines coding and creativity and is fun for kids ages 5-12. The open-ended approach allows kids to make cool music and share their creations with others.

Your kids will learn:

  • Coding fundamentals
  • Pattern recognition
  • Sequencing and loops
  • Rhythm, harmony and melody
  • Creative coding

Coding Jam is currently available to purchase in the Osmo Store and at Amazon. It will ship May 25th. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a base (if you don’t already have one) to use the game.

I’ll reveal more about Coding Jam in an upcoming podcast so make sure you’re subscribed.

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Oontz Curve – Product Review

The Oontz Curve by Cambridge Soundworks is a handy little Bluetooth speaker that work great in your car, at home, or outside.

It’s a great upgrade for my old car that doesn’t have a Bluetooth capable stereo. I just stick it in my cup holder or put it on my dash.

It also doubles as a hands-free device for my phone so I can keep my hands on the wheel if I receive a phone call while driving.

The Oontz Curve

  • Wirelessly connect to your Bluetooth device: iPhones, iPads, Cell Phones, Tablets, iPod, and Computers
  • Surprising sound quality and volume everywhere you go – Up to 5 hours of play time from the rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Wireless hands free Bluetooth personal speaker phone
  • Heavy metal enclosure available in six high gloss colors

This would make a great Father’s Day or graduation gift. You can get The Oontz Curve from Amazon for $19.99 – $29.98 (prices vary by color).

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Dash and Dot Help Kids Make Wonder

When I was contacted by Wonder Workshop last month to test Dash and Dot (robots that help kids learn to code) I was skeptical at first. Once my kids started using them I could see the potential hidden beneath their cute appearance.

Dash and Dot Help Kids Make Wonder

At first glance, these two little robots look like nothing more than expensive toys but after my kids started to explore the many features and functions I was astonished with the potential hidden under the child-like façade. Continue Reading →

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