Pokémon Go can have a key role to play in facilitating student learning in mobility skills, for students who have visual impairments. This is just one more great way that the game can be brought into the fold for education. #PokémonGo
About two weeks ago, I shelved my Pokémon Go account and created a new one. With my friend Josh, I will be speaking about Pokémon Go in December at the TIES conference, and there was a number of things about the game I wanted to re-look – things that I thought I was not, and would not, see, given the status of my current account. So, I started over. I shelved a Level 25 account, with well more than a half-million experience points, in order to start fresh. A giant part of it is a relearn the game, but part of
Sellwood Riverfront Park is an open dog run park, with a great walking path around it, that features more than half a dozen Pokestops know for dispensing a high rate of various balls. Oh, and it’s the local nesting place for Pikachu. What do I mean by nest? I mean you can very likely catch 4 of a specific but uncommon Pokemon in a 60 minute period. That is what I mean by a nest.
The Laurelhurst Park in NE Portland is a Scyther nest. Spanning from the Pokestop where SE 33rd meets SE Pine streets, across the park to where SE Cesar Chavez Blvd crosses SE Ash St., those little buggers can be found just about everywhere in the park, north of SE Oak Street. What do I mean by nest? I mean you can very likely catch 4 of a specific but uncommon Pokemon in a 60 minute period. That is what I mean by a nest.
One of the neat things about Pokémon Go is that the it’s built upon the game Ingress. For Ingress, players nominated public places of interest – statues, buildings, fountains, public buildings, artwork, etc – to be portals to be used in the game, and that dataset carried over to become gyms and pokestops in Pokémon Go. And this includes a lot of schools. And a lot of things of school campuses – art murals, statues and the like. School principals are this week discovering that people – and kids – are coming to school voluntarily, to play Pokémon Go. What to do
It’s no surprised to anyone who plays Pokémon Go that the game is brutal on battery life. Lots of apps that are GPS intensive are like this – Apple’s own map program, Google Maps, running and walking tracking programs, etc. all suffer this fate. It’s the nature of the beast – and it’s something that programmers wrestle with, trying to fine-tune their code in order to have as little impact as possible on as users battery life as possible. But battery life is a great conversation to have with students and kids – one of two. Phones are, after
Update: There’s an iOS update for the app out, resolving the Google-all-access coding problem. 7/12/2016 Noon PST. Schools and school administrators will still want to talk about the implications of having students use their own accounts to play this game, if they want to have it be a part of a school’s learning program, or in using school Google-based accounts. Those a entirely different and policy-based issued unrelated to this coding issue. Since its launch this week, Pokémon Go has achieved a level of popularity on par with chocolate and bacon. In two days, users installed it on 5% of