Kafka was heavily involved in teaching the teachers and students how to use the technology available to them.
"It's kind of like dominoes all falling in line," he said. "We knew kids were using more technology in schools. We got Google Apps, that led to the kids having these accounts, so they now have access to learning whenever and wherever we've needed it."
Young students can practice their literacy skills through the app, which contains a fair amount of reading throughout the game, Torres said.
Other students might be able to use math to analyze where PokéStops will occur, and grapple with the game's points system used to have characters battle to capture virtual Pokémon Gyms. Science plays a part as well, she added, because Pokémon only pop up in their natural habitat areas--for example, a fish will only appear near water.
One of the most appealing features of the franchise's latest iteration, especially for adults concerned that kids are spending too much time indoors, is that the game cannot be played from a sofa. In order to catch Pokémon and level-up, players have to mill about outside. As a result, ordinarily sedentary gamers are getting miles of walking time.
Whether you are a technologist working on the next great learning app or a teacher trying to figure out how to engage your students, Pokémon Go offers a powerful model that has quickly changed the way users behave and engage with digital content.
While the technology provides motivation, information, and experience, Dede said teachers belong "at the center" of AR learning, because "students will always need guidance from someone who is skilled at interpreting data and disentangling complicated situations."
“Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to divide people with walls of hate,' NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said in an address Monday at the Democratic National Convention. 'She wants to build bridges to a better future for all. That’s why America’s educators are with her! We will do everything in our power to build a bridge to a future where Hillary Clinton is our president!'
Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin?
Technology is a tool, and I hope and trust that some smart people are thinking about how the popularity of this particularl tool can be translated into the educational realm. But let’s not mistake the tool for the thing itself. Education is the thing.
"Technology is a tool, and I hope and trust that some smart people are thinking about how the popularity of this particularl tool can be translated into the educational realm.
But let’s not mistake the tool for the thing itself. Education is the thing."
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