Technology novelties which gain fans all over the world can be turned into excellent teaching methods by resourceful people. This is the case of a Belgian teacher, who was inspired by the popular Pokemon Go application to allure students and other people too into another sort of hunt, a literary one this time.
Aveline Gregoire is the principal of a primary school in Belgium. She came up with the idea of the book hunt and spread the word about it on Facebook.
We all know how Pokemon Go works: you download the app, which uses your camera and GPS system in order to allow you to catch Pokemon. Now how does the book hunt work?
Aveline Gregoire created a Facebook group, called Chasseurs de livres, which translates as Book hunters. People all over the country are invited to hide books outside, and then post hints in the Facebook group so that other people should be able to find them. When somebody figures out the clues, gets the book and after reading it, the person is supposed to hide the book again, so that other people can enjoy it too.
The book hunters are extremely cautious when it comes to their catch, as they wrap the books in plastic in case it should rain. The cover also keeps the books safe from other potential damages.
All types of books are being spread across Belgium: fairy tales, thrillers, love stories, and so on.
Headmaster Aveline Gregoire confessed to having played Pokemon Go with her children. When she realized she didn’t have enough room in her home for her book collection, she decided to give away some of the books, in a more interesting and exciting fashion.
Not only kids are bound to be fascinated by the book hunt, but it may also result quite exciting for adults too. It is a unique manner of sharing knowledge and a cheap way of getting yourself books to read.
Another advantage of the book hunt is that players get a double dose of adventure: one is provided by the hunt, and the second is provided by the story in the book they find.
Although teacher Aveline Gregoire’s initiative has started recently, the Facebook group already has 40,000 members. It seems like one of the most successful alternative education methods. Who wouldn’t like to be part of such an extraordinary project?
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