ISTE Immersive Esports Experience

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Location: New Orleans Theater
Experience live: All-Access Package Year-Round PD Package Virtual Lite
Watch recording: All-Access Package Year-Round PD Package Virtual Lite

Listen and learn : Ed talk

Chris Aviles  
Camilla Gagliolo  
Jeffery Harrison  
Kristina Ishmael  
Kammas Kersch  
Doug Konopelko  
Bryan Marquez  
Adrieanne Moliere  
Eduardo Rivera  
Ben Smith  
Christopher Turner  
Lumen Vera  
Jamaal Young  

Come learn about esports across educational environments and how students are engaged in learning with esports. Experience students in live games, student and educator panels on the role of esports for student engagement and community building in a variety of learning environments. Students model esports engagement with Smash Brothers and Rocket League matches complete with student shoutcasters commentating on the live game.

2:00-2:15 p.m. What is esports and why does it matter?

Join us for a quick introduction to our esports experience as our scholastic esports veterans lay out the WHY behind esports in our schools. They will also set the stage for what you will be seeing throughout your experience here today!

2:15-2:45 p.m. K-12 Student Panel Discussion - What does esports mean to me?

Esports, like many other activities in our students' lives, can mean something different to each and every person it impacts. Join us as these incredible K-12 students share their experiences and lessons learned through the lens of esports in our schools.

2:45-3:00 Esports - Smash Brothers Look-in

Super Smash Brothers is a game title that people from elementary to adult enjoy. There is a competitive scene for the game at all levels of esports. Our amazing students will showcase both their skills on the controller and the microphone, as we do a live look-in to a competitive match.

3:00-3:30 p.m.Student Voices (Collegiate) - How is esports transforming the college experience?

For many students around the country, video games are a part of their daily lives, but had previously been separate from their school experience. Colleges and universities are now embracing this facet of their students' lives with space for competitive, academic, social, and casual gaming.

3;30-3:45 p.m. Esports - Rocket League Look-in

Rocket League is one of the easiest games to pick up and start playing, but is difficult to master. Let's take a quick peek as some of our students showcase a match on the big stage!

3:45-4:30 p.m. Educator Voices - Why is it time to push for esports in all schools?

Esports had a bit of a slow start in our schools due to the stigma around video games and video game culture. Listen in as our panel of experts talks about why it's time for us to bring this amazing opportunity to all our learners.

4:30-4:55 p.m. Lightning Talks

Amazing things come in small packages, like the knowledge drops from these lightning talks! Listen in as we hear some passion and experience in esports that are distilled into 5-minute chunks.

4:55-5:00 p.m Taking it home

Sponsored by CDW


Chris Aviles, Keyport High School

Chris Aviles is a STEM teacher at Monmouth Beach middle school in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey where he runs the renowned MB Makes program and Dolphins esports team. He is also the founder of Garden State Esports, New Jersey's non-profit scholastic esports organization for students, run by teachers. 

Jeffery Harrison, East Baton Rouge School System

Jeffery Harrison currently holds the position of Director of Network and Operations for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. After working with EBR for over 20 years, he and his team began to apply themselves to building the framework of an esports program partnership with business, the community, and local government agencies during a timeframe made more difficult by the health situation while still overseeing the operations side of the parish network. He also leads an IT Team of players knows as the Desktop Bandits that competes and put on scripted programs with the students in EBR.

Kristina Ishmael, Office of Ed Tech, US Dept of Ed

Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate, and agent of change. She is the Deputy Director of the Office of Ed Tech leading the office in its vision and execution of priorities focused on improving teaching and learning.

Kammas Kersch, Chester County Intermediate Unit

I spent my first several years in education teaching chemistry and computer science. I am now an STEM Services Coordinator at Chester County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania, where I focus on STEM, Science, Computer Science, Esports, and Tech Integration. I love to travel and present at conferences! My favorite conference to attend is ISTE and I had the privilege of presenting in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Outside of school, I teach taekwondo, collect laptop stickers, and hang out with my dogs and husband.

Doug Konopelko

Doug is a passionate educator, designer, writer, speaker, and leader. He currently serves as the National Esports Manager at CDW Education. Doug focuses on acting as a connecting point between people, ideas, and solutions. He has worked with some of the largest districts in the country on their deployment of devices, instructional technology, strategic planning, STEM/makerspace, and esports programs. On his education journey, he has served in both urban and suburban school districts as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, school district administrator, and state education organization leader. He hosts a podcast and series on YouTube called Focus on EDU.

Bryan Marquez, University of New Orleans
Adrieanne Moliere, BY-U Esports

Adrieanne is a special education teacher with over five years of experience working in the public school system. She earned her Bachelors of Science, Elementary and Special Education from Louisiana State University, and Masters of Art, Student Affairs in Higher Education, from Northwestern State University. She is a 21-22 NASEF Scholastic Fellow, connecting with professionals internationally working to bring esports to students and empowering them to take charge in their communities. She is also a co-founder of BY-U Esports, an organization working to bring esports clubs and scholastic esports to minority and underrepresented students in their schools and community programs.

Eduardo Rivera, Palm Springs Unified School District
Ben Smith, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
ISTE Certified Educator

Ben is the Assistant Director of Technology at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, a service agency in Pennsylvania. Ben has engaged in professional development across the globe in his consultancy, EdTechInnovators. He is a former ISTE Board of Directors member and was the Regional Program Chair for the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. Ben is the President of PAECT, the PA ISTE Affiliate. He is an ISTE Certified Educator and delivers the ISTE Certification as his organization is a provider (CAP).

Christopher Turner, Southern University Law Center

Christopher Turner is the Coordinator Southern University Law Center's Mixed Reality Virtual Innovation Gaming and Esports Institute, Director, and founder of Southern University Esports and Southern University Laboratory School Esports. As a young educator, graphic design, visual arts, and technology have always been a great passion of Turner’s. With more than ten years of teaching experience, He has found a way to effectively incorporate esports educational advancements in both K-12 and collegiate settings.

Lumen Vera, Loyola University New Orleans

Lumen Vera has a wide range of esports experience. He has competed in the industry for over 20 years. He has served as CEO of Crescent Esports since 2016 while gaining experience as a head coach and tournament director for various esports teams and organizations. He is currently the Head Esports Coach at Loyola University New Orleans.

Jamaal Young, ISTE Immersive Esports Experience