1. Jessica Campbell

    Interesting thoughts! Gaming in education has been advocated by many – it is unfortunate that there aren’t more educational-specific games (especially for middle/high school aged students) that could enhance and deepen learning. Rather than try and ‘fit’ pokemon go into a classroom, wouldn’t it be great if we had the resources to create/build games that truly connected our content with our students?

  2. John

    Here’s the thing. Pokemon Go is theirs. They are having great fun with it and will for some time yet. What is important is not that we piggy back into class on their new fad. What is important is that we know, acknowledge and connect with them by asking questions about what they are up to, what is so good about it, what is their best capture and maybe, what else they have got up to. You see then we have valued them and communicated our interest in them. If there is a place for the technology in our program great, but if not, we have used the communication as a way of getting to know our students better, to show them that we are interested in them and that we hear them. In time, when they move on, we should know that because the conversation that we started can grow and change over time. This gives us leverage in the classroom because we know them, respect them, like them, hear them – not because we have tried some populist gimmick to try and suck them in to our learning intentions. Technology is great and has a place and we can use it at the right time and in the right way, but if we think using technology will make us hip, acceptable, cool, with-it, we are missing the point of how teaching and learning happens.

  3. George,

    I love the Marshall McLuhan quote. I would agree with you that any technology or “tool” has the power to change us, but more importantly we have the power to innovate and take these tools, combine them, adapt them, and change them to suit our individual needs. As educators we can certainly leverage the technology to meet our needs or the needs of our students, what I find more fascinating is the ability of our students to take the technology and leverage it for themselves. They are creative and innovative enough to make the technology work for them and their needs.

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