Digital Citizenship with Pokemon Go



Pokemon Go is still going strong and there are already many educators and administrators who are finding ways to integrate Pokemon Go with their students this fall. One lesson that is great for  Pokemon Go is Digital Citizenship, no really. You can apply the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship with Pokemon Go with your class by doing the following.

  1. Digital Access: Technology users need to be aware that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to technology.  Working toward equal digital rights and supporting electronic access is the starting point of Digital Citizenship. One set of talk is how teachers can’t use their own mobile devices for Pokemon Go due to GPS or not having IOS or Android devices and using students’ smart phones instead. Leading to other problem as not all students have a smartphone or are able to use their family data plans. Educators and students need to keep in mind that there are some that may have limited access, so other resources may need to be provided.  Being a one device classroom, the teacher may have to lead a group on the hunt for Pokemon. Another is having students create their own Pokemon setting up clues to find them like a scavenger hunt.   I have one set where I have Perler Beads of Pokemon and Pokeballs to use with students that I have made. Students get their selection of Pokeballs, then follow clues to find their Pokemon and then seeing if they can use the style of the card game to capture them and explain their habitats and powers after they capture them in a shared Google Doc.
  2. Digital Commerce: The mainstream availability of Internet purchases of toys, clothing, cars, food, etc. has become commonplace to many users. At the same time, an equal amount of goods and services which are in conflict with the laws or morals of some countries are surfacing (which might include activities such as illegal downloading, pornography, and gambling). Users need to learn about how to be effective consumers in a new digital economy.  Keep in mind you can make in-app purchases in Pokemon Go and we know that if you are in the classroom, you don’t have funds to make these purchases. Using Pokemon Go shows you how to work on a shoestring budget. How do you acquire Pokecoins? You have to be in charge of a gym, but the usual time in a gym is an hour for most users. What is the ratio to keep your earnings coming? Can you purchase a separate gift card to keep the funds going for your Pokemon Trainer in the game to be used for classroom use? Is trying to catch them all leading to a debt for the user? Many ways to look at this.
  3. Digital Communication: the expanding digital communication options have changed everything because people are able to keep in constant communication with anyone else. Now everyone has the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with anyone from anywhere and anytime. Something Pokemon Go has really opened up is group communication with others. In fact, many Pokemon Go users have started meeting new people or talking with ones they didn’t know had similar interests with Pokemon Go. I know I have met others in my area and started talking with high school students about ways they can use Google Apps or using their Snapchat to communicate with others in where Lures have been placed. Rare Pokemon being sighted and even seeing if they want to do gym battles because they are on different Poke Teams like  Team Mystic or Team Instinct. Its real world communication even though you are using digital tools.
  4. Digital Literacy: Learners must be taught how to learn in a digital society. In other words, learners must be taught to learn anything, anytime, anywhere.  Business, military, and medicine are excellent examples of how technology is being used differently in the 21st century. As said above, Pokemon Go is a way of opening up new communication and especially between teachers and students. On #TLAP chat last night on Twitter. We talked about how the teacher can learn new ways to play Pokemon Go from their students. As students tend to be faster learns with Pokemon Go than the teacher.
  5. Digital Etiquette:We recognize inappropriate behavior when we see it, but before people use technology they do not learn digital etiquette. What has been a problem with Pokemon Go? Users trespassing or not being aware of their surroundings. How do we teach students how to respect another person’s property? How do we find a way to Catch Them All and not stare down on their devices all the time?  Why are some location Pokestops and gyms, but not places like a school, sub division, ect and still keep safety with the public and the users?
  6. Digital Law: As said with etiquette. How do we teach students how to respect another person’s property? How do we find a way to Catch Them All and not stare down on their devices all the time? How should a player of Pokemon Go go about their day and following driving rules of: “Don’t text and drive?” What about the accessing of users Google accounts? What is too much information and what is correct use?
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: Basic digital rights must be addressed, discussed, and understood in the digital world.  With these rights also come responsibilities as well.  Users must help define how the technology is to be used in an appropriate manner. Have students discuss or create the rules of playing Pokemon Go during class? When is the correct time? How should you help others?
  8. Digital Health and Wellness: Going beyond the physical issues are those of the psychological issues that are becoming more prevalent such as Internet addiction.  Users need to be taught that there are inherent dangers of technology. How much play time is too much? Are you so engaged in using Pokemon Go or is it being abused in an unhealthy way when it comes to education? Just like with any digital technology, there is a time and place and a healthy way to use it in learning.
  9. Digital Security: In our own homes, we put locks on our doors and fire alarms in our houses to provide some level of protection. The same must be true for the digital security. There are those who take advantage of using Pokemon Go for theft and other problems. While viruses might not be a problem, glitches and App bugs and servers going down can also be a problem. How safe is your Pokemon Go app? Are you looking at the safe practices of using Pokemon Go and how to avoid effecting your game play and use?

Special thanks to Digital for the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship.


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