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Not Distraction — Education! Esports as a Powerful Learning Tool for Students

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, June 24, 4:00–5:00 pm
Location: 201A

Terry Kraft   Gerald Solomon  
Learn about a fully credentialed, state-approved curriculum that intertwines esports and education. Join this panel discussion to learn about firsthand experiences and research sharing students' new-found passion for learning. Also, see how the esports ecosystem can be leveraged in clubs and classes to teach foundational STEM/ELA/SEL skills.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: N.A
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Promote and participate in local, national and global learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity and digital age collaboration.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Exemplify foundational literacy in esports (STEM, ELA, SEL) through high school ELA curriculum
Review research-based toolkits & curriculum success in forming high school esports communities
Understand the opportunities with NASEF organization and its free system for student benefit through connected play, mentorship and learning


30-45 minutes: The panel will share firsthand experiences and research to demonstrate how students found a new passion for learning, and how the esports ecosystem can be leveraged in clubs or classes to teach foundational STEM, ELA and SEL skills.
15 minutes: Open Q/A

Supporting research

The research supporting this work is being lead by Dr. Constance Steinkuehler, whose first year findings are expected to be published in 2019.

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Terry Kraft, Emerald Foundation
Gerald Solomon, Samueli Foundation

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