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I still play Pokémon Go. Perhaps play is the wrong word. I persist with it when others have stopped because it represents how I like to learn. While some teachers talk about ways to enhance teaching with PoGo, I consider how it enables powerful learning. I have shared some perspectives before. Today I suggest more […]

Although I am no longer an academic, I see research opportunities everywhere. One set of untapped research is in Pokémon Go (PoGo). I am not talking about the already done-to-death exercise studies or about the motivations to play and keep playing. I am thinking about how sociologists might add to PoGo’s trend analysis. Number crunchers […]

"One size fits all…." (CC BY 2.0) by The Candid Street   My reflection today is about how the practice of “one-size-fits-all” helps and harms. I use a recent change in Pokémon Go as an example. About a week ago, the Pokémon SG Facebook group reacted with dismay that Niantic had put bigger restrictions on playing the game […]

Pokémon Go might technically be augmented reality (AR), but that form of AR does not serve any significant purpose. You can play PoGo with or without your phone’s camera on. If it is on, your “virtual” game play is projected on the “real world”. With the camera off, you play exactly the same game with […]

My reflection today is about the value of game-based learning over gamification. I use a personal accomplishment in Pokémon Go to illustrate both. A few days ago, I joined Pokémon Go’s “Club 141” by registering 141 Pokémon in my Pokédex. This is not an official club. It is an informal achievement that players here use to […]

Splash Productions recently released a short film on YouTube that focused on the stresses of the PSLE from a child’s point of view. [News article] Video source The creators of the video, Mr Jerome Lau and Mr Stanley Yap, made reference to Pokémon Go because they “thought the initial hype of the game in Singapore […]

There are very few things that bring me to Facebook (FB). One of those things is Pokémon Go (PoGo). There is a local FB group where PoGo gamers share their thoughts and conquests. The group is one of several resources I visit to learn how to play the game better. I found that group to […]

I have written previously about how games like Pokémon Go might be used to teach attitudes and thinking skills instead of content. The game does not lend itself directly to curricula or standards, so some teachers tend to use the game peripherally. Students do not get to actually play the game during a lesson and […]

Previously I shared my rationale for playing the long game in PokémonGo. I urged educators to think more along the lines of imparting authentic values and thinking skills instead of artificially-constrained content. I have played PokémonGo for just over a month. I have hatched a few 10km eggs over that time. I as focused on […]

A fallacy is a popular or common misconception. One PokémonGo fallacy is that the game is social. If it was, some people would not be able to complain about the PokémonGo zombies that seem to walk around blindly with their phones.   “Zombie” (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by  killaee    The game is not inherently social, but that does […]


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