PokemonGO in the library

Hi y’all –

First, know this: this whole post is a test/draft.  With the popularity of Pokemon Go, I’m attempting to integrate it into a review of our library space and collection locations. It’s an idea that’s been knocking around for a bit, and with some inspiration from Gwyneth Jones and district colleagues, this is the result.

How to integrate? First, we needed the Pokemon to literally “be” in the library.  Some quick snaps of our space with layering of text/images using Publisher (where the pieces where grouped together and saved as a .jpg), and this is the result:

Do you see the Pokemon?! I AM DYING FROM CUTENESS!  They’re in our library! And, if this works, this should be super-fun…and a great review!

The links to said pics will be turned into QR codes. (or so I hope!)  UPDATE: IT WORKS! Using the unique web address of the pic, this is what each QR code looks like when printed out on a 3×3 grid.

The QR codes will be printed off and placed around our room. Kids will have a paper scavenger hunt and, using iPads, will wander the room looking for the space that answers each clue, which will have a QR code.  Scanning the correct QR code will bring up a new Pokemon.  My fingers are crossed the tech will work with the students.

The number 1 thing needed to make this happen: a web address for each QR code. Hence, this post with the photos of our library (with Pokemon added, of course!).

Wish me luck!

UPDATE: The hunt happened! One of the 3 2nd grade classes had their weekly library class  (40min). After giving directions, modeling an example, reviewing partners (their Turn & Talk partner from last week) and partner expectations (taking turns scanning/writing), they were off.

And WOW! Were they investigating the library like they’d never done before!  So many didn’t know we had magazines. There were students who thought books were turned in on the counter. And our new signs showcasing areas of nonfiction had yet to be noticed. This hunt/game reviewed and taught!

After 20 minutes of hunting – which was enough time for most students to complete the activity – we came back together and reviewed the Pokemon found in each location. This gave me a chance to answer any questions students had about places, spaces, or concepts.

 the 2nd graders need a more streamlined “hunt” with less clues and more literal “go here” direction.  I realized that they didn’t know our library HAD certain places, so a clue wasn’t relevant to their understanding.  For example, not one group could solve the magazine clue, and a few others were frustrating (renewing books, turning in books).  The clues would work great for grades 3/4.   given last week, the first time they came to library).  With exactly 20 students in 2nd grade classes and 10 iPads, the tech to student ration was perfect.  I will try a new hunt with the other 2 2nd grade classes and reflect on that afterwards.

With much larger 1st grade classes, the activity needs to be further streamlined and postponed for a few weeks while we procure more iPads (sharing 3:1 wouldn’t be successful in this age/grade) and further teach/review expected behaviors in library and school (needed for this particular group). Given that my job-split partner teaches all 3rd/4th grades, they could do the original hunt as given, possibly with extension (which spaces should have clues, and what are the clues?)

Here is a link to the PDF of the 2 different hunts: one for upper elementary, one for lower elementary. Grade 1 isn’t done yet, but will likely be in a BINGO or “circle the Pokemon found” format.  pokemon-go-scavenger-hunt

Yes. I like Pokemon, too. My kids and I spend time walking, hunting, talking, math-ing (a new thing…trust me) and connecting over Pokemon. My goal was to invigorate student interest in the library and to review/teach what the library space has to offer our elementary children. Based on what one class of students said and showed, I think it was a resounding success.

UPDATE #2: Students are starting to create their own Pokemon clues and images for our library. Here’s the first.


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