Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Hordes of users, young and old, have taken to catching pokemons using augmented reality - a virtual world superimposed on the real one that we eat, live & breathe in.
Yet the signs often show that virtual is sometimes greater than reality:
- Pedestrians crossing roads oblivious about traffic
- Young & old watching their mobiles for entire time awake
- Parents catching pokemons while children compete for their attention
- Crowds camping around Gyms & Pokestops waiting for appearance of epic pokemons
"How to learn from this amazing, unprecedented & ground-breaking game/app?"
"How does cyber wellness & media literacy figure in this teachable moment?"
"How can we engage young people in gaining healthy perspectives & balancing using technology?"
Kingmaker conducted cyber wellness & media literacy classes during the hottest weeks of the trends. As part of cyber wellness & character & citizenship education, we've conducted 2 workshops on understanding & managing the craze around virtual worlds & Pokemon Go. This was part of our long-running series of workshops on Virtual Worlds & Virtual Consumption.
Students were engaged through a variety of direct instruction, collaborative learning & research education. They produced top quality analyses of the following:
- How do the business models of apps influence user behaviour?
- How does virtual investment translate to real world value in games?
- What are different motivations for engaging in Pokemon Go?
- Why do users allow the app to "take over" their lives?
What Participants Say
"This is a very good workshop to help you lower your spending on virtual goods" - Daniel, Bartley Secondary School Sec 5
"It is engaging & fun, and allows you to understand various games & virtual worlds" - Chen Jun, Bartley Secondary School Sec 5
"I like learning about the pros & cons of playing Pokemon Go. It is a good programme for people to learn about the "hyped-up" games." - Irfana, Bartley Secondary School Sec 5
"I like the new information because it made me more aware. Don't spend your time virtually!" - Sunita Rai, Bartley Secondary School Sec 5
"There is virtually nothing to improve the workshop, it is perfect! I believe the workshop will promote itself one way or another!" - Richard, Bartley Secondary School Sec 5