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Huffington Post, Pokémon Go and outdoor learning

Andrew Fitzmaurice
Andrew Fitzmaurice (8 posts) CEO of Nord Anglia Education View Profile
09 September 2016

Pokémon Go and its popularity among students (and adults for that matter) might be a clue for educators on getting students reconnected with their outdoor environment. I discuss the benefits of outdoor learning in my latest Huffington Post blog and the important role it plays in a well-rounded curriculum. 

  • Huffington Post Outdoor learning
Nord Anglia Education students tend to their school garden at The British International School Bratislava as part of a well-rounded curriculum.

 

As you know, Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm in the last month and whilst it’s been quite exciting for avid gamers it may be a clue on how educators can get students excited about outdoor learning. My blog this week in the Huffington Post talks about the integral role that outdoor learning plays in a well-rounded curriculum.

With students becoming increasingly attached to their mobile devices and virtual reality, as educators we have an even greater responsibility to reconnect our students to the outdoor environment. Despite popular beliefs, there are some things that can never be learned through the internet. One of those things is real-world experiences.

Outdoor learning not only has benefits to physical health, it also promotes psychological well-being in children along with social and emotional development. 

As you may already know, this is why Nord Anglia Education offers the Global Campus. Our Global Campus offers a variety of outdoor learning activities to all our students. The most notable ones are our expeditions to Tanzania and Switzerland. We have created these expeditions to help students learn in the real world, and I have heard countless examples of how these experiences have had an impact on our students that will last a life time. If there’s any sentiment that I hope you take away from this Huffington Post blog, it is that outdoor programmes allow our students to interact with real world problems and issues that are difficult to simulate in classrooms. It also helps students to develop skills such as flexible thinking, resourcefulness, grit and much more in an imperfect environment.

You can read more about the benefits of outdoor learning for students in my Huffington Post article here: Why Pokemon Go Points the Way for Educators