2 years, 2 months ago Tom TurnerParticipant
Hello Community of Practice colleagues –
As we continue to build learning opportunities that bring together esports and learning for middle and high school students across our STEM Learning Ecosystems, we hope that you are able to take a minute and show your support by voting for our SXSW EDU panel submissions. Thank you in advance. I look forward to seeing everyone in Cleveland this October.
For humans to excel and to distinguish ourselves from the artificial intelligence of the day, we must foster experimentation and “design thinking,” teaching children through immersive, experiential learning. This panel includes educators and experts on the full range of ages and education who will outline an articulated pathway of immersive experiential learning. Their shared wisdom will help teachers of any grade connect classroom learning to real life throughout the educational journey.
This panel will focus around the possibilities, objectives and concerns of communities, and therefore policymakers, related to esports: esports and its growth trajectory, how communities can create positive environments for youth development and adult involvement for their benefit. The session would reflect the priorities that have arisen in discussions with members of the House, Governors, Mayors, and other politicians, including: 1.) Economic development; 2.) Learning; 3.) Access; 4.) Governance
Emerging research has shown not only that esports (competitive video game play) are not the specific cause of mental disorders or social isolation, but that playing video games is a smart, engaging activity that stimulates brain development and awakens career curiosity. This session will demonstrate current uses of esports-infused curricula at various middle and high schools across the US, with particular focus on a disruptive format or embedding CTE and state-approved elements into pathways.
Participating in esports provides a refreshing opportunity to acquire skills for the interconnected world, including problem solving, collaboration and emotion management. Esports coaching specifically helps students develop healthy work ethics, strong communication skills, and improve self-esteem. In this session, we will touch on social emotional learning, near-peer mentorship, and inclusion/diversity in scholastic esports, and how coaches play a major role in student development.
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