Pokemon Go in the Classroom
So I’m sure this will cause some people to roll their eyes and go “really?!”. Sigh. Never ever. It’s dangerous, and addictive, and stupid.
But, when this game came out shortly before the holidays finished I actually wished I was in a classroom. I would have thrown in all the planning I’d done and re-jigged it on the ‘Go’. (See what I did there?)
Having something that students are interested in, engaged in and playing – why wouldn’t you use it? Here are some general ideas of how I would have used it in my classroom (and I am by no means suggesting that students would actually play it, I would use printed and digital resources for all of these!):
Mapping – oh the possibilities…
- How far is the Pokestop?
- How many are close by? Which is the closest? What’s the best way to get there? Direct your partner to get there by just using verbal communication.
- Grid references – find the Pokestop, PokeGym, Pokemon, best place for water based Pokemon, air Pokemon etc. all based on a blank map and the grid referencing.
- What is the probability of your 10hp and 360cp Spearow beating the 20hp with 450cp Ratata of your opponent? Could have a series of these, then have students make their own Pokemon and play them off against each other.
- Fight Pokemon using dice – use two dice and the top dice roll wins. Keep rolling until one Pokemon runs out of HP. At the end look at probability of dice roll sums.
- Habitats – what Pokemon will we find where? What are the characteristics of water, air and land Pokemon? Create your own Pokemon in the habitat of choice.
- Life cycles – those Pokemon evolve; this could be used to look at lifecycles. Probably more of an intro than an in depth lesson.
- Classification – there are Pokemon that belong to the same family.
Probably even just general safety – stranger danger, being aware of surroundings and not wondering around without looking up. There is an opening here, however, to look at how companies track their users. With all the “checking in” we do in this day and age it’s easy to develop an online presence.
Go here if you want to see how Google can track your every move. Just sign in with your Google account and the map will show everywhere you’ve been for the past couple of days in red. Unless, of course you’ve bothered to turn off Location Services.
I would use this in literacy incidentally – written descriptions, verbal communication, reading, creating new pokemon etc.
The one thing I wouldn’t get students to do? Write a story! Why? I don’t want to have to read 30 stories about Pokemon….