After years of using a Motorola Razor phone, this summer I purchased a smartphone. About a month later, the app PokemonGo launched. I thought about adding the “game” to my phone and talked myself out of the install. I have a competitive nature and reasoned I would spend too much time on catching “Pokemon.” Later I was contemplating the start of school this next week. I realized many of my students would have been playing PokemonGo and it would be a BIG topic of conversations. With the goal of making connections, I installed the app. (As a side note, I am getting about 5000 more steps each day I play the game.)
I then began looking for ideas on how this addictive game might be used in education. I noted there is a discussionPokemon Go & Education in our Intel Engage community asking if Pokemon Go can be included in education. stefanie_hausman wrote a great article titled "Pokemon Go to School?" I was impressed with the concept of “history.” I note that many Pokestops are at historical markers. I think this is an excellent way to connect students to their community. Last evening, I talked with over 25 people at historical sites in my community while playing. Bill Ferriter posted a great suggestion titled “I’m planning a Pokemon Go Rally For My Middle Schoolers.” Kathy Schrock wrote the blog post “Pokemon Go in the Classroom.”
I think Pokemon Go has the ability to change how and where students learn math. I considered the many ways I use math while playing the game. The following includes my ideas. I look forward to ideas shared by other members of our great community.
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