It’s crazy to think that a year has already passed since I first took on the role as Curriculum Content Developer at Digital Schoolhouse, and what a year it has been!
Two things strike me as I reflect on my first year at Digital Schoolhouse. Firstly, that the crazy teaching ideas that got me into trouble when I was doing my teacher training are actually what I get paid for now and secondly, that this is the best job I have ever had!
Every lunch time since September we have been running an eports tournament with Digital Schoolhouse. This has involved students taking on roles such as manager, shoutcaster and others in what is actually a huge industry worldwide - the competitive playing of a computer game in front of an audience for (potentially) huge prizes. The Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros.
Let it go...
Letting go is hard, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and am very protective of my work and therefore having to let go and trust that one of my sixth formers will run this years esports tournament with minimal input from me has been terrifying!
It’s with an odd mix of excitement and disappointment that we announce that registrations for the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle have now closed! Demand has been overwhelming, and we are delighted to have 70 schools participating in the tournament. We would have loved to accommodate more schools this year but due to capacity unfortunately we had to cap entrants. Rest assured, we hope to be able to increase numbers next year.
Schools and colleges that are part of the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle are all eligible to receive support from a careers coach. That is, video games industry professionals who kindly volunteer their time to inspire and inform students about future opportunities and possible careers pathways that they might not otherwise consider.
It’s been one week since our new lead partnership with Nintendo UK was announced, and here at Ukie HQ we’re still reeling with excitement from the riot of activity and engagement that we’ve received in positive response.
We’re thrilled to announce our new lead partner Nintendo UK, which will continue to support our vision to revolutionise the grassroots of UK Computing and in turn diversify the games talent pipeline. Through our expert network of schools and colleges, Nintendo UK will help us to bridge the gap between industry and education reaching a projected 32,000 pupils in the next academic year alone with an initiative based on play-based learning combining creativity, fun, innovation and education.
Last week, we revealed the first five benefits of taking part in the DSH esports tournament. However, it doesn't stop there. Read on for part 2, exploring a further host of reasons why your school or college should sign up to partake in the esports tournament!
10 benefits of the DSH esports tournament (P1)
We know that esports opens up a world of opportunities for students. Not only do we have evidence of this in our landmark esports report, but we continually see the positive mark that engaging schools in esports has on education: from increasing school attendance and heightening interest in team sports, to maintaining friendships and improving communication skills.