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Gamification in the K12 Classroom
Esports or Electronic Sports
Esports or Electronic Sports is a form of competition using video games. Esports often takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams. By the 2000’s, participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010’s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing and providing funding for tournaments and other events.
Why are we seeing a surge of esports in Education?
What are the Benefits for Our Students?
Esports and Gaming creates “soft skills” such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Promotes engagement and participation
Promotes teamwork & camaraderie
Esports gamers have a 10% increase in attendance and 1.7 GPA growth.
More than 200 colleges offer varsity esports.
◊ $20 Million in scholarship money is awarded to students annually.
Prepares students for many related career paths. With over 25 core career paths, the gaming and esports industries will have thousands of opportunities for our future work force.
Bridge social and demographic gaps.
◊ Esports is a Co-ed Sport and inclusive to people from all walks of life and has helped to bridge gaps that have been unobtainable before now.
The Gaming Industry is Projected to be a $350 Billion Industry by 2025!
PowerUpEDU Provides Everything You Need!
Bringing the same expertise, experience and dedication as with all our Core Practices, PowerUpEDU will provide everything you need in bringing esports to your school. Our team of Specialists have years of experience with the Gaming industry and an unmatched passion for growing the sport.
Whether entry level or advanced, we will provide all components needed, including the hardware, software, curriculum, installation and professional development.
As with all our Core Practices, we are your partner in the classroom.
5 Key Parts to the Solution
PC, Desk, Chair, Headphones, Keyboard, Controllers, Mouse, etc.
League Management Software, Games Streaming Platforms
Lab Design, Cable Management, Infrastructure
Coach Accreditation, Curriculum Implementation
STEM/STEAM Based Curriculum Solutions: Game Design & Development
Our Esports Partners
PowerUpEDU partners with educational institutions that share our passion for making a difference by advancing student achievement. These partners provide the technology, peripherals & league structure needed for a highly successful esports program.
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Desired space and design of esports lab
Necessary hardware, software and accessories
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What is Gamification?
Over the last decade, gaming culture has become a huge part of mainstream culture. Some online gaming experts project the global gamification market will grow from $9.1 billion(2020) to $30.7 billion by 2025. How would you define gamification from an educational standpoint? Educational Technology Journal describes it as, “a developing approach for increasing learners’ motivation and engagement by incorporating game design elements in educational environments.” With goals of motivating students, encouraging changes in behavior and inspiring healthy competition or collaboration, it’s easy to see why a lesson-turned-video-game would appeal to students.
Just a few of the long-term benefits from gamifying your curriculum:
- Cognitive – Learning through play is legitimate avenue for cognition development. Studies link problem-solving and critical thinking-based games to improved memories, better retention skills and an ability to process information more quickly. Furthermore, video games used in the classroom, have a positive impact on spatial awareness and object visualization. They also serve as precursors to success in STEAM subjects.
- Social – Today’s gaming culture now encompasses an entire online community, one in which students can make friends all over the world. That collaborative experience allows students to learn from and work with peers from many different cultures. In this multi-cultural environment, students gain a diverse perspective which per Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation, “serves as preparation for future social and employment situations. Gamified school lessons can also inspire confidence in kids experiencing learning differences or shyness. Kids Academy shares that gamers are asked to “see a conflict from another’s point of view and make quick decisions. Because an individual can detach from themselves while absorbed in the world of a game, shy players often become leaders.”
- Emotional – The game may not be “real”, but the frustration of failing to advance to the next level is very real. A valuable lesson in this experience is in giving students the grace to simply try again until they get it right. Gamification inherently lessens the fear of failure and motivates students to keep problem-solving as they work to reach their goal. All schools want to help students achieve. By embracing gaming culture, classrooms can harness its benefits and open new doors for their learners.