by Daniel Rolo, OFSEA co-founder
As a teacher, you know firsthand the importance of finding engaging and meaningful ways to educate and motivate your students. With the rapid rise of esports, or competitive video gaming, in schools, teachers now have a new tool at their disposal to do just that. As we begin a new year, it's time to take a closer look at the wide range of benefits that scholastic esports programs provide to students and teachers alike. Here are just a few:
Improved engagement and motivation: Esports programs can provide a new source of excitement and engagement for students, particularly those who may not be as motivated by traditional classroom activities. By participating in esports, students can feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose, and be more motivated to excel in their academic pursuits.
Increased social interaction and teamwork: Esports teams often require players to work together and communicate effectively to succeed. This can help students build valuable social and teamwork skills that will serve them well in the classroom and beyond.
Improved problem-solving and critical thinking skills: Many esports games require players to make quick decisions and strategize in order to win. This can help students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are applicable to their academic studies and future careers.
Opportunities for college scholarships: As esports grows in popularity, more and more colleges are offering scholarships to talented players. Participating in an esports program can provide students with the opportunity to earn a college scholarship and further their education.
Overall, esports programs can be a valuable addition to a school's curriculum, providing students with new opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed. As a teacher, you can play a crucial role in helping to establish and support an esports program at your school, and watch your students thrive as they learn and compete in the exciting world of esports. Check out www.ofsea.org and www.esportcanada.org for more information about how to get a scholastic esports program up and running at your school in 2023!