4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom

Get some fun ideas for channeling kids’ excitement into meaningful learning experiences.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm since its release on July 5, 2016. It’s getting people outside to actively explore their surroundings and giving millions their first experience with augmented reality. But it’s also raising questions and concerns about whether the game’s location and mapping features are compromising people’s data and information and luring players into danger.

With school starting up again soon, we wanted to offer some guidance for teachers on how to address and manage the Pokémon GO craze in your classroom and school.

1. Educate students and parents about the privacy concerns.

Some serious privacy issues have been uncovered — namely that a player’s name and location are broadcast to other players. Plus, there have been reports of physical injury due to distraction, people being directed to unsafe places or onto private property, and even people becoming targets for assault or robbery. Point parents to our app review for more details and to determine whether Pokémon GO is appropriate for their kids.

2. Make a plan, not a ban.

The moment you make something taboo, kids will do everything they can to do that very thing. Instead of banning all things Pokémon GO from the outset, try using it as a jumping-off point for more valuable learning experiences. Make space for it in classroom discussion, taking advantage of kids’ interest and enthusiasm for the game.

3. Channel kids’ excitement into deeper learning activities.

Though the app doesn’t have inherent learning value, creative educators are already thinking through ways to channel kids’ excitement over the game into related or spin-off learning activities. One great thing about Pokémon GO is it gets kids out in the world discovering new places and people. Seize the opportunity, and have kids embark on similar experiences in their communities to get them out in the world, researching history or talking to people and creating tours, maps, podcasts, and videos.

Check out these fun ideas we’ve heard from teachers in our network:

  • Science: Have kids share their top five favorite Pokémon to discuss their phylum types. Based on their association to a phylum (water, earth, and so on), students have to think critically about what attributes the Pokémon possess. Then students apply attributes to real animals that might share similar phylums.
  • History: Use PokeStops as a way to do research on local landmarks.
  • Math: Have students log distance and calculate distance between battlegrounds or stops. You could also use the Pokémon for simple addition and subtraction within their Pokédex .
  • Physical Education: Use the egg-hatching function to get kids to complete their cardio distance (incubating eggs requires walking to the hatch) and aim for kids to hatch an egg (walking two to 10 kilometers) depending on the egg found.
4. Younger kids should only play with an adult and with parental consent.

Because of the privacy issues outlined above, we do not recommend Pokémon GO for kids under 13. However, we’ve heard some fun ideas for cooperative play that could be integrated into adult-supervised group activities. One parent talked about alphabetizing the Pokémon with his young daughters for a little early literacy practice!

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July 15, 2016

The „DISKOBOLOS“ teacher Award

JISA – IT Association of Serbia in cooperation with the Association of Serbian science professors, Pedagogical information society in Serbia and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia, established the prize „DISKOBOLOS FOR TEACHERS“ with the aim of encouraging IT education in high schools and secondary schools, Given the crucial impact of information technology on the economy of administration, operations and further economic development. It is clear that the influence of teachers depend on IT orientation of students, and therefore the chances of our students but also to the success of the Serbian economy in the future development and the preparation for membership of the European Union.


With orientation to reward those teachers whose students had the most success during the school year 2014-2015, which showed initiative and ability to cooperate with colleagues in various scientific projects, special jury JISA which was composed Goran Jovišić, President of the Association of Serbian science professors Dragan Ilic, President of the Pedagogical Society of Teachers of Informatics, Marina Matijevic, Head of ICT Department, Ministry of Education of Montenegro and Snezana Markovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, between twenty applications received through our open competition, he chose the shortlist five teachers, as follows:

Darina Poljak from the elementary school’ Mlada pokolenja, Kovačica
Milan Dinić from the elementary school „Vuk Kradzić“ Zitkovac
Mladen Jovanovic Primary School „Desanka Maksimovic“, Nis
Velimir Radlovački from the school center „Nikola Tesla“, Vrsac
Zagorka Pastor Technical School, Kikinda

All the selected teachers will receive commemorative gifts business members of JISA – IT Association of Serbia and the proclamation of the best and award DISKOBOLOS 2015 with a gift a trip to the world ECDL forum will be held in Budapest

10. Dec. 2015 starting at 14h
in a festive atmosphere of the Old Palace, Belgrade City Assembly
in the presence of eminent guests from Europe and Serbia.

WORDPRESS in my schools for 2015-2016 school year

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WORDPRESS BLOGS of our students  – Generation 2002/2003


Kristina Lalić  https://tinaijovan.wordpress.com

Uroš Markov  https://news881.wordpress.com

Jovan Moldovan   https://moldovanjovan.wordpress.com

Jelena Radovanov  https://jecaiuros.wordpress.com

Branimir Radanov i Stefan Slijepčević: https://stefanibranimir.wordpress.com

Anđela Vlajić i Zorana Mema   https://anaizoka.wordpress.com

KOVAČICA       7 -1

Atanackov Anastasia –  https://blogsminke.wordpress.com

Čížik Dominik – https://mrfluffy321.wordpress.com

Čuvár Jelena – https://blogmode7048.wordpress.com

Glózik Sandra –https://sandra02blog.wordpress.com

Hekeľ Ivan –  https://max3blog.wordpress.com

Králik Darina – https://hocusamotebe.wordpress.com

Kráľovský Tatiana – https://tatianatanci.wordpress.com

Krasko Ivan – https://ivkestuff420.wordpress.com

Labát Michal –  https://muffin321.wordpress.com

Miháľ Boris –  https://borismihal420com.wordpress.com

Petrák Tamara –  https://tvrdoglavadevojka.wordpress.com

Petrík Marek – https://theredarrows2002.wordpress.com

Sokol Jaroslav – https://jaroslavsokol.wordpress.com

Svetlík Gabriela – https://gabikagabi.wordpress.com

Veňarská Darina – https://beautyandfashionwithdada.wordpress.com

       KOVAČICA    7-4

Strahinja Radusin – https://ageofmithologyblog.wordpress.com

Stanislava Vestek   https://stanislavinsajt.wordpress.com

Erik Paus    https://igricekovacica.wordpress.com

Janja Margetić    https://janjinblogblog.wordpress.com

Dominik Maglocki      https://mylittlegamesblog.wordpress.com

Zoran Beracka   https://gamesfromzoran.wordpress.com

Nikola Veličkovski    https://lordagandaur.wordpress.com

Nemanja Grujić    https://smackeblog.wordpress.com

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Блогови ученика – школска 2014/2015.година – Blogy žiakov – školský 2014/2015.rok

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Почела је нова школска 2014/2015 година и у основним школама наше општине ученици су јако вредни не само у клупама, већ и за рачунарима.

Ученици – седмаци крећу са прављењем својих првих блогова, и ево, крајем септембра добијамо и прве овогодишње чланке из Самоша и Ковачице и почињемо са објавом њихових блогова…

KOVAČICA   8-1                            САМОШ – ОСМИ РАЗРЕД             КОВАЧИЦА – 7-1

KOVAČICA   8-2                            САМОШ – СЕДМИ РАЗРЕД          КОВАЧИЦА – 7-2

KOVAČICA   8-3                                                                       …

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Feedback from my students

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Because of the end of school year 2014-2015 for the students of 8th grade, I have decided to ask them for the feedback of my work with them in last four years..

Pošto smo na kraju ne samo školske godine, već i na kraju osmogodišnjeg školovanja, pitam moje drage osmake za njihovo mišljenje oko oblasti koje smo izučavali od petog do osmog razreda…

Tak milí moji ôsmáci, nech sa páči hlasovať pre oblasti z informatiky a výpočtovej techniky, ktoré vás zaujali a s ktorími asa vám pekne pracovalo na hodine. Môžete si vybrať viac oblastí  😀

Nech sa pači – napíšte mi aj vaše komentáre na moju prácu s vami.

Izvolite – napišite mi i vaše komentare na moj rad sa vama.

  Vaša nastavnica predmeta koji ste izabrali,  Darina


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Never thought I’d do it! 

Oh, when could I have SP3?.. hm…

Cripps in the Classroom

Do what you wonder?… Hand back my iPad to school in favour of my Surface Pro3!

I know I have mentioned it before about my dilemma with switching from my beloved iPad to the Surface Pro 3. After using the SP3 for about a month I found that throughout that time I didn’t really pick up the iPad.

Ok, the iPad is without a doubt lighter and more compact. From the moment I picked up the SP3 I loved the bigger screen. Then came the fact that it could work in „App“ mode with the Windows 8 design AND work like a Windows Desktop. Another feature I liked was the keyboard and how easy it was to use either the touchscreen keyboard or on the type cover.

One of the features of the iPad that I missed was an app called iDoceo. There isn’t really a good alternative but work…

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5 Ways Teachers and Students Can Use Sway in the Classroom

Here are examples from my school to use Sway:

SWAY in My School – 8th grade sways on ICT classes


1) Exploring history and presenting some historical moments from the past

2) Exploring how can they „throw“ PowerPoint presentation in the Sway, and refine its content

3) Exploring Office 365 ( in the Cloud) through Sway and connect both of them

4) Making their thematic photo album -mix of  photos and videos and sharing it with social network

5) Combine Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Office Mix (uploaded in YouTube) – to make a Flipped Classroom – and share with students / colleagues through OneNote.

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