In today’s episode, we are joined by Steve Isaacs. Steve was a classroom teacher for almost 30 years and helped pioneer Esports and gaming as part of student education. Listen in to hear his inspiring stories of empowering students through games, technology, and Esports leagues that are run entirely by student teams.
Dave and Steve discuss the difference between recreational gaming and using Esports and games for a purpose in student growth. Putting students in charge, letting them naturally find their roles, and offering just enough support for them to flourish is what gets Steve really excited.
Steve “went to the dark side” by leaving the classroom and joining the corporate world. He now runs Epic Games education programs, helping teachers guide their students to excel and get prepared for the jobs of the future that don’t even exist yet! He shared student success stories and how Esports leagues and gaming can actually prepare a high school student for a job directly out of high school!
If you are interested in games and Esports for your school, Steve is the expert and this episode is chock full of insight and resources for you to get started with your students right away.
Find the Esports Playbook written by Steve and his co-authors: https://www.amazon.com/Esports-Education-Playbook-Empowering-Inclusive/dp/1951600509
You can find Steve on Twitter here:
Find Epic Games education programs: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/educators
Sign up to here Steve talk at FETC: https://www.fetc.org/
Steve Isaacs is the Education Program Manager at Epic Games. His mission in this role is to support educators and students in exploring career opportunities that leverage interactive 3d skills. Prior to his role at Epic, Steve was a public school teacher for 28 years, teaching game design and development as well as other courses related to creative uses of technology. Steve enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include gaming, biking, snorkeling, hiking and live music.