Pokemon Generation 1

Well where do I start with Pokemon Go? So much I could write about it. I remember the first time I heard about it, I knew I’d end up liking this game. When I set up my account, I chose Bulbasaur as my first Pokemon. At the time, I didn’t know much about having a choice from Squirtle (my favourite, so cute!), Bulbasaur and Charmander (another cute Pokemon). Apparently if you walk a bit without choosing one of the three, Pikachu turns up and could be your first Pokemon (wish I knew that then!).

I’ve been playing for a few months now and I’ve had mixed feelings about it. At first I was so addicted, but then my interest was slowly fading as I was constantly catching the same Pokemon. I only played the game while walking down the road to buy coffee, besides that I didn’t play much. It wasn’t until Niantic released their Halloween 2016 special, that I became addicted again. During the Halloween special, I walked kilometres for candy and went hunting for Pokemon to get extra candy. This got me interested in the game once again and I believe it was a good way to engage other players too. I hope Pokemon improves from now on, maybe then others will start playing again.

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If you live in Sydney you would have known about the craze in Rhodes (near Concord) until the council had the three Pokestops from Peg Paterson Park removed. I remember finding ten new Pokemon in two nights, that’s how good Rhodes was. It’s still good, I usually find Pokemon like Omanyte, Pikachu, Machop and Squirtle.

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Circular Quay in Sydney is also good for Pokemon, especially near the roundabout in front of the Opera House.

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Other places in Sydney which I love hunting in is Darling Harbour, Olympic Park, Parramatta CBD and Parramatta Park.

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Parramatta CBD is great for Pokestops. As you can see I got heaps of Pokeballs from all the stops ūüôā

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The purpose of blogging about Pokemon Go is to talk about this app first so you can be familiar with it if you’re not playing it. Then in future blogs I want to share my thoughts on how we as educators can tap into student interest with Pokemon Go or Game-Based Learning using technology. I love this game and so do my students, we spend a good five minutes some morning sharing what we caught and how we’re going in the game. I also share with them and it’s a great way to connect with my students.

Happy Pokehunting!

Miss Halil

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