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ERIC Number: EJ1147634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Pokémon Go: An Unexpected Inspiration for Next Generation Learning Environments
Nigaglioni, Irene
Childhood Education, v93 n4 p333-336 2017
Although mobile applications and games often seem isolating and somewhat stationary, last year's augmented reality (AR) gaming craze Pokémon Go demonstrated how technology has the potential to promote socialization, collaboration, and physical activity while still engaging users. Pokémon Go's use of AR technology, which superimposes computer-generated imagery on a user's view of the world, has multi-sensory appeal, while the structure of the game encourages players to move around and work together to achieve their ultimate goal in the game--catch as many Pokémon as possible. By blending entertainment, mobility, and teamwork, Pokémon Go leveraged technology to not just provide a personalized experience, but also encourage players to interact, explore, and be active. While Pokémon Go is certainly not framed as an educational tool and has no overt learning objectives, we can learn plenty from both its form and function that can be applied to the world of education. As educators move toward implementing and augmenting the next generation classroom, they can take cues from Pokémon Go and find ways to leverage technology--and the exploration and collaboration it allows--to make the classroom a more engaging, dynamic space for students. This article aids in the understanding of the game's inner workings and drivers of its success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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