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Interview with Mark Deppe, UC-Irvine & NASEF

6/7/2019
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Mark Deppe is the Commissioner for the North American Scholastic Esports Federation and Director of the University of California-Irvine Esports. He is one of the most important figures in high school and collegiate esports. It was an honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to interview, Mark, and I look forward to further interviews in the future. --- About UC-Irvine Esports: https://esports.uci.edu/about/ About North American Scholastic Esports Federation:...

Duration:00:28:42

Episode 0036: Bodies in Motion are Brains in Motion

6/1/2019
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"Bodies in motion are brains in motion." - Dr. Dieter Breithecker This basic mantra has led my thought process in the design of classroom spaces. Now, I am turning these ideas towards our esports spaces and how we can better the gameplay experience of our Scholar Gamers. Are the gaming chairs we are using impeding peak performance? -- "'Bodies in Motion' How classroom design inspires body, mind and soul" by Dr. Dieter Breithecker -...

Duration:00:08:23

Coaching Esports

5/17/2019
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Coaching esports is a challenge for some educators. Traditional coaching roles sometimes apply, and sometimes they do not. Listen to how you may want to think about coaching and esports, and three ways you can support your Scholar Gamers as they prepare for competition. -- Recommended reading- "Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong": https://esports.irish/moralcombat -- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture,...

Duration:00:14:42

How to Make a Case for Esports

5/10/2019
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Making a case for esports involves more than the interest of your scholar gamers. By putting a focusing on your school and district's mission, vision, values and goals, you can gain access to additional resources. --- Example One-Pager Case for Esports: https://esports.irish/2Vv3wbk --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote physical and mental health, increase collegiate...

Duration:00:14:07

Reflection On Our Season

5/2/2019
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It is the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and time is taken to reflect on what worked well this year, and what can be done this summer to prepare for the 2019-2020 esports seasons. --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote physical and mental health, increase collegiate scholarship pathways, and play games! We cannot forget the importance of play! James O'Hagan...

Duration:00:14:35

Funding Your Esports Program

4/28/2019
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There are three common ways to fund esports programs in your schools. Listen to this episode to learn how you can fund your esports program. --- Using ESSA to Fund EdTech (ISTE) - https://esports.irish/2Vc8xFF Fact Sheet: ESSA Title IV Part A (ISTE) - https://esports.irish/2J7Fdc1 Brief Primer on Implementation of Title IV-A of ESSA (ISTE) - https://esports.irish/2J4qQoW --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify...

Duration:00:12:05

Interview with April Welch, Illinois Institute of Technology

3/13/2019
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April Welch is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Illinois Institute of Technology and an esports fanatic. She has a growing program at IIT and shares her story and passion for esports in education. She even shares that starting soon, IIT will be offering their own esports scholarships! --- Illinois Tech Esports - https://web.iit.edu/esports --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify...

Duration:00:34:31

My Esports Manifesto

3/10/2019
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This is a recording of my manifesto I presented at SXSWEDU in Austin, Texas on March 7, 2019. The purpose of this presentation was not to provide an overview about esports. Instead, it was meant to be a calling to use esports to be something more than the games. --- SXSWEDU Presentation Deck: https://esports.irish/SXSW --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote physical and...

Duration:00:20:18

To Those Who Still Think This is About Playing Video Games

2/22/2019
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For those who still think esports in schools is just about playing video games, this episode is for you. --- eSports: College's Newest Abdication of Responsibility - https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancraig/2019/02/22/esports-colleges-newest-abdication-of-responsibility Overview on Self-Determination Theory - http://selfdeterminationtheory.org/theory/ --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student...

Duration:00:24:57

Updates and Reflections

2/8/2019
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This week on The Academy of Esports, I reflect on the work we have done to bring esports to the city of Racine. We have a fantastic partnership with the local gaming lounge, Not Your Parents' Basement. We have a grant to fund three of our high school teams at NYPB. We have a grant that funded our first team at The Walden School. We are part of a fast growing state association full of dedicated educators with a passion for gaming. We have a gift from the Racine Public Library Foundation to...

Duration:00:29:51

Interview with Dr. Jason Engerman

1/25/2019
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This week on The Academy of Esports, Dr. Jason Engerman shares his insights into the importance of gaming. With over 15 years of experience in education, instructional design and learning, his primary work and research revolves around the use of digital media, such as games, as learning tools. Dr. Engerman believes that as a Learning Designer, he is an engineer of understanding with the ability to design learning for all ages at all levels even across geographical space and time. Dr....

Duration:00:40:38

Interview with FIFA Shoutcasters Brandon Smith & Richard Buckley

1/19/2019
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In this episode, Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley share their thoughts and insights into the art of shoutcasting. Both are involved in the broadcast of FIFA esports matches. This is a great episode that once again demonstrates the power of gaming to open up pathways not typically seen through traditional sports. It is an embodiment of roles available to Scholar Gamers. --- Brandon Smith (http://twitter.com/BSmith_Esports) Richard Buckley (http://twitter.com/RBuckley98) --- Esports are...

Duration:00:46:37

Starting Something New

1/11/2019
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In the next two weeks, the Racine Unified School District will have three new schools launching their esports teams. The city of Racine will have FIVE schools with teams (Walden, Park, Case, Horlick and St. Catherine's). We have launched the new public school teams without investing in new computers or additional infrastructure. For some, this may be a way to starting your own teams. Find out how! Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic...

Duration:00:26:21

FlashPod 0002: What is Esports

1/6/2019
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In a single minute, find out "what is esports?" It is very different than just playing video games. --- Links in the FlashPod to consider: The Academy of Esports: http://www.taoesports.com --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote physical and mental health, increase collegiate scholarship pathways, and play games! We cannot forget the importance of play! James O'Hagan...

Duration:00:01:11

Book Review: "Moral Combat" by Patrick M. Markey, PhD & Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD

1/4/2019
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The book "Moral Combat" (2017) by Patrick M. Markey, PhD, and Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD, provides excellent information and details refuting the notion that violent video games lead to violence. In this episode, James goes through some of his key take aways from the book. Not mentioned in the podcast is the tremendous number of violent video games sold in Japan, more than anywhere else in the world per person, and yet they have one of the lowest crime rates in the world. --- Buy the book...

Duration:00:26:14

FlashPod 0001: Talking to Your Children About Video Games

1/2/2019
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In three minutes, listen for some quick tips to begin to have the conversation about video games with your children. Focused around three components of "time," "social," and "information," this brief FlashPod will help to start a valuable discussion around responsible gaming. --- Links in the FlashPod to consider: The Electronic Software Ratings Board - http://www.esrb.org Creative Commons - http://www.creativecommonsmedia.org --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing...

Duration:00:02:59

Interviewed By Kelly Croy, The Wired Educator

12/28/2018
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It is the week of New Years 2019, so I decided to share this podcast episode of which I was proud to be the guest of The Wired Educator, Kelly Croy. It is a great hour where we get into a lot of interesting questions about esports and education. So, follow the link below and head over to The Wired Educator. And while you're there, make sure to subscribe to his podcast! --- GO HERE --- https://wirededucator.com/wep119/ --- Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to...

Duration:00:01:13

Interview with Stuart Kosters, Staffordshire University

12/20/2018
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Stuart Kosters, lecturer at Staffordshire University, joins The Academy of Esports podcast to talk about the university's Esports Degree program. Stuart was the spearhead of the degree program. He takes the time to share his reasons for starting the degree program, and the early lessons, successes, and surprises experienced. Staffordshire Esports program (https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/esports-ba) Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic...

Duration:00:37:12

Interview with Dr. Drew Schwartz

12/14/2018
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In the twenty-first episode of The Academy of Esports podcast, the interview with Dr. Drew Schwartz focuses on the importance of ergonomics, movement and even smells! Dr. Schwartz's blog (http://www.forthewellnessblog.com) has fantastic ideas that support the Scholar Gamer ideal of promoting good physical and mental health. Esports are organized competitive video games allowing schools to redefine their athletic culture, diversify opportunities for student participation, promote physical and...

Duration:00:38:35

The Tough Questions

12/7/2018
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In the twentieth episode of The Academy of Esports podcast, there was a question sent in asking "how does one make the cast for esports in schools when people pushback?" Pushback is inevitable when you present people with change. It is important to remember esports is the vehicle to amazing opportunities for students to engage in ways they have not previously in school. The host, James O'Hagan, shares advice on how to present the idea of change based on 20 years experience as a change agent...

Duration:00:28:49