Pokémon GO in the Classroom: Three Ways To Ignite Learning
As we dive into another exciting school year, students are returning to classrooms eager to share summer adventures. For many, those narratives include the words “Pokémon GO”! Across the globe, kids of all ages are rediscovering the world around them with the augmented reality, GPS-based mobile device game which uses real-world locations to catch virtual Pokémon. Beyond the excitement of the Pokémon hunt comes the opportunity to create meaningful learning opportunities. How can we take this interactive slam-dunk-of-a-game and leverage it for engaging classroom experiences? Here are three examples of how Pokémon GO can kick-start your instructional year:
1. Digital Storytelling – Have students take a screenshot of the Pokémon they capture in their real-world setting to serve as visual inspiration for their next narrative. Encourage students to draw from their own sensory experiences to describe how their Pokémon may feel about the current surroundings.
2. Data Literacy – Using the journal component that records the time and date of your events (like capturing a Pokémon or refueling at a Pokestop), have students transfer and analyze the data in a spreadsheet. Or, take a look at the Pokédex for additional stats that will encourage analytical skill building.
3. Community Awareness – As students are drawn to new locations in the community, have them take pictures and record observations about the habitats of their Pokémon. Take it a step further and have them research the history of a particular location and document the changes over time.
Tapping into the world of Pokémon GO has far-reaching benefits both in and out of the classroom. Consider the ways you can leverage this phenomenon to connect with and inspire your new students while building valuable 21st century skills. Be sure to share out your ideas and Pokémon GO adventures with @Edvergent and #iTeachDigital.