— Kasandrea Sereno (@KasandreaSereno) July 11, 2016
Pokemon Go was launched in July when most schools were on their summer break. For all the articles that have been written about whether Pokemon Go has a place in education and/or what it can or can’t achieve for teaching and learning… at the time of writing many of these ideas were largely untested.
The one area of education that students have been around is on College and University campuses.
Our Campus Community Collection includes articles about the impact and reaction of having Pokemon Go on campus, which are overwhelmingly positive.
The one exception being The University of Nebraska who took the decision to ban the game and which the Student Association released a Statement on the Recent Ban on Pokemon Go, which provides an interesting DigCit discussion:
“Firstly, we feel that this sets a dangerous precedent in which UNMC and Nebraska Medicine can police what students, employees, patients, and the public do on their own phones, on their own time, on public property. We find it very concerning that such an action has been deemed an acceptable approach to solving a problem”
— EKU (@EKUStories) July 22, 2016
I love the thought of using Pokémon to help incoming and prospective students with learning more about their campus. How fun would this be on day one of school! I watched numerous kids walk into to our school building today, the first day of school, with Pokémon t-shirts and other items. How engaging would it be to take them on a tour of the building with their phones out searching for spots along the way! It’s all about how we reach our students! For some students, this could be the first step in forming a strong relationship with them. Amy Storer, Instructional Coach in Montgomery ISD in Montgomery TX and EdChange Global Organizer
Campus Community Extracts & Insights
— EdTech Higher Ed (@EdTech_HigherEd) July 12, 2016
— MIT Alumni (@MIT_alumni) July 14, 2016
Middle Tennessee State University’s Alumni Association posted this about alumni coming back to campus and engaging with students and new freshmen. It’s all about engagement and since everyone is already excited about the game
If your office is located in a prime hunting ground or if you would like to encourage students to drop in, set up a PokeCharge area with extension cords, extra outlets, charging cables and even snacks and drinks if you have them. It’s a great way for student activities offices, (really any campus office) to get in on the excitement as well as encourage student interaction
— Robert Kelly (@OURobertKelly) July 12, 2016
“Students are really walking around campus a lot more,” she says, “and I feel like they’re ironically becoming more aware of things that are on campus because they have to walk to these different Poké Stops.”
— Illinois State (@IllinoisStateU) July 20, 2016
With 62 Pokestops and seven gyms within a half-mile of the Quad, you’ll be sure to catch ’em all at Illinois State. People of all ages are participating and creating a new community at Illinois State.
A high school research student captured a pair of pocket monsters (one is pictured at right) while wandering the halls of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science—specifically, in the presence of the machine that sent the first message via the internet.
— ScienceInsider (@ScienceInsider) July 14, 2016
The players share tips and advice while debating their allegiances to game’s different teams. Pokemon Go, they say, can be a fun break from studying, a way to liven up a long walk across campus, a healthy way to explore landmarks and even an avenue to make new friend.
— World of Education (@ElimuNews) July 16, 2016
“We thought this would be a fun way to incorporate an additional digital element in the tour, while allowing prospective students and their families to view our beautiful university campus,” said Seanna Coleman, the university’s lead student ambassador.
the Serious Games academics at the University of the Sunshine Coast, who will stage USC’s first Pokemon GO walk at its Sippy Downs campus on Friday 22 July from 3.30-5.30pm. The event is open to staff, students and the community, with details at the public Facebook group ‘Pokemon GO at USC’
— Alayna Cole (@AlaynaMCole) July 19, 2016
With four nearby gyms to compete in, including our very own Bibb Graves, over 20 Pokestops, and endless ground to cover, students who enjoy this mobile app game have already found plenty of ways to power up before hitting the books
We have Pokemon outside the Admissions office in the University Pavilion; catch them while you can! The first 10 people who stop in after catching a Pokemon on Thursday, July 21 between Noon-4 p.m., will receive a PikachBLUE along with a UM-Flint swag bag. The next 20 will receive a UM-Flint lanyard.
Pokémon Draws Community to UM-Flint Campus https://t.co/m4UrT9UgCP
— UM-Flint IC (@UMFlintIC) July 20, 2016
“When students are using Pokemon Go we noticed that they are going out and exploring the campus, finding where things are located, and sharing experiences with their new found friends. There are positive attributes to the game that can be embraced.”
— Alfred State (@AlfredState) July 20, 2016
We have a ton of Pokéstops on campus — I lost count at about a dozen, but there are many more. There are two gyms on campus that are very active – one between our beautiful lakes, and one by our unique bell tower.
— UT Tyler Grad School (@UTTOGS) July 21, 2016
— Santa Fe College (@SantaFeCollege) July 20, 2016
— UTRGV (@utrgv) July 15, 2016
“Icarus” is the statue that stands at the southern edge of the college’s beloved Pine Grove. Crafted by Kurt Laurenz Metzler, it was dedicated in 1989 in memory of Dr. Clarence De Graaf, who was a member of the Hope English faculty for 44 years, from 1928 to 1972. Dr. De Graaf died in 1986
The appellation “A Br494 Memorial,” however, doesn’t appear on the plaque. It was added informally a quarter century later, and exists only in the digital world. It honors another member of the Hope community, the late Jonathan Brockmeier
Brockmeier had been an active Ingress player, and so his friends in the Ingress community made a point of having the already-extant portal, which is within sight of Durfee Hall where he worked, renamed in his honor using his in-game name, Br494. When Niantic adapted many of the game’s portals for use in Pokemon Go, the name traveled along.
A new physical activity class, Pop Culture Games, will teach students about leading active lifestyles, building teamwork and exploring their communities through games like the megahit smartphone app Pokemon Go and the live-action game Humans vs. Zombies.
The goal is to give students a fun, creative class that teaches them skills to take with them far beyond an afternoon searching for Charmander or throwing Nerf balls at “zombies” on the Administration Building Lawn — skills like leadership, ethics, safety and respect, said Philip Scruggs, chair of the Department of Movement Sciences.
— The College of Idaho (@collegeofidaho) July 22, 2016