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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
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New Technologies in Education

 

britishCouncilNew Technologies in Education – conference that brought together many stakeholders, was held on 27 and 28 February in Belexport Center in Belgrade.

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Among the many exhibitors Microsoft has participated, on whose stand we exhibited three colleagues, representatives of Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program – Katarina Aleksic, Ana Zivkovic (via Skype), and Darina Poljak.

M RADARWe are pleased to present Microsoft Educator Network, MIEE

Programme and activities in this great MIEE family

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OFFICE365 in my Primary School in Kovačica, Serbia

After a short winter holidays (from December 24th, 2014  till January 09th, 2015) teachers and students came into the school. My colleagues became students for a couple of hours – here were three Educational Workshops about Office365 in My school.

Teachers were so interested in new technologies and for great help through OneNote, Exchange, Lync and OneDrive in their work with students…

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Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator from Serbia – Katarina Aleksic

Be great, go SLATE! is the Project Based Learning approach conceived as a research and a part of the primary school students’ Computer Science course in which students were in a position to learn a great deal by explaining their ideas to others and by participating in the activities in which they can learn from their peers. PBL has been designed for 12-year-old students who study Computer Science at primary school with the aims to present the cultural heritage and Belgrade architecture to the pupils and to introduce the historical development of women’s rights in the Serbian society to them, and all this through the use of slate devices and the achievement of digital literacy.

Here is the link to the news in the broadcast on state television:

MIEExpert educator from Serbia – Ana Živković

Ana’s appearance the television program

Teacher of English language, Ana Zivkovic, works in the elementary school „Čegar“ in Nis. She teaches english language to students 6th and 7th grade. This year they took part in a unique workshop with divers-researchers „Mission 31“, led by Fabian Cousteau through Skype.  While the grandson of the famous Jacques Cousteau with his friends stayed in underwater laboratories, students were talking with him. Ana recognized the possibilities of Skype and her students had privilege also to talk to one of current employees in NASA Kennedy Space Center.

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