Pokémon GO as GED(r) Prep?

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By Guest Blogger: Brandon John

If you haven’t heard yet, you probably will very soon about a game called Pokémon Go. Maybe Pokémon is familiar to you from the animated series that started in the 1990’s. Maybe because you watched it yourself, or had to endure it with your children. Well, it has made a comeback in the form of an augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices. Although you may not have realized it you have probably seen people playing this game. It usually takes the form of someone walking along with their face planted in their smart phone – (I know you are thinking this is nothing new) but the smart phone app was just released in the U.S. on Thursday July 7, 2016 and has more users than Snap Chat, Tinder, and Instagram. Viral videos can be a positive force in connecting real world issues in the classrom, and now this game is a viral powerhouse. So how can GED students benefit from playing Pokémon Go?

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Why Should You Listen to Podcasts?

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Podcasts are a ticket to hundreds of hours of quality education. They connect us to current events, pop culture, science, history, and so much more. Podcast are convenient because they are automatically delivered to you…. FREE! With thousands of podcasts to sift through, we identified fourteen of the best and relevant podcasts in pop culture, history, and science.

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Get the High School Equivelancy Certificate! A high Level Action Plan

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 1.46.49 PMby Guest blooger Gina Marie De rosier-Cook, Joliet Junior College

The problem: Since the implementation of the new test we had seen a significant decrease in the number of students taking any part of the test. We thought the reasons students were not taking the tests were fear of the computerized test, not having a credit card to pay, lack of computer access in the home, the content was much harder than the previous test, limited availability (there wasn’t any night or weekend testing times in our area) and lack of computer skills. We polled a large sample of students asking why they were not taking the test and the following top three reason emerged:

  • fear of harder content,
  • fear that the test was computerized,
  • and fear of the unknown.

Ultimately they were just very scared to go and take the test. We needed to shake off the “new test fear”. Word travels fast in the community and our students had a preconceived notion that the test was ridiculously hard and no one would pass. I partly blame the lingo of the close out campaign because it was stated over and over “Test now! The next one will be harder”.

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The Value of Page One

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 7.57.11 PMHave you ever played the game Monopoly? You move your game piece around the board while attempting to acquire property and wealth. Teaching is a lot like running a Monopoly game. Instead of buying properties, students move through the learning process and acquire knowledge. However, unlike the Monopoly game where everyone starts at the same space, students begin studying and often attempt to skip the “first box”, or page one. But why is page one so important? It’s the starting point and it’s important to teach students how to read the first page of any text.

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The times they are a–changing

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Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Bob Dylan 

Mobile technology is changing the way we think and the way we learn. It is creating a need for teachers to develop different instructional strategies. Often, students are on the cutting edge of technology use in their personal life, yet they experience a traditional classroom setting that relies on books and lectures. To remain effective, teachers must create a bridge between students’ personal use of technology and their classroom expectations. For many teachers, moving from traditional instruction to integration of mobile learning is a difficult transition.

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