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UW’s Steinkuehler, Squire speak with WKOW about ‘Pokémon Go’ phenomenon

July 19, 2016

UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire recently spoke with Madison’s local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about the “Pokémon Go” phenomenon that’s garnering attention across the globe.

The WKOW report begins: “The ‘Pokémon Go’ craze is putting virtual reality on the map like never before.”

"It's the blockbuster of the summer, without a doubt," Steinkuehler tells WKOW.

WKOW adds: “The mother-of-two studies the impact of video games for a living.  And get this, she allows her kids to play all the time.”

"We have discussions about screen time, but not about playing video games," Steinkuehler tells WKOW.

Constance Steinkuehler on WKOWHer husband, Squire, says that he agrees and that the current simulations offer just a glimpse of what's to come.

"It looks like this really is the tip of the iceberg," Squire tells WKOW.  "The more that people have mobile devices, as more people have smart pads, I-Phones, I-Pads, we are bringing the world with us, it's changing how we learn and interact."

Steinkuehler and Squire co-direct the Games+Learning+Society Center within the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Both also are faculty members studying digital media with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

To learn more, make sure and check out the entire report for free on this WKOW.com web page.

Meanwhile, Squire also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio's "The Joy Cardin Show" on Monday, July 18 to further talk about the “Pokémon Go” craze. To listen to an archive of Squire's appearance on "The Joy Cardin Show," visit this WPR.org web page.

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