Steve Isaacs – eSports and Gaming in School

Planning Period Podcast
Planning Period Podcast
Steve Isaacs - eSports and Gaming in School

Hello, and welcome to Episode 103 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

This week on the show I am joined by Steve Isaacs, a teacher of Game Design at the middle and high school levels, and one of the leaders of eSports in public schools. I heard him first on the OnEducation podcast and couldn’t wait to get him on the show.

Steve and I talk about eSports in schools, how to start an eSports team at a school, the problems with curriculum limiting us, the power of student choice, voice, and authentic learning, how you get to that point with students, and the lifelong results of putting students first in your room.

I would like to take a second to thank our sponsor for this episode, TardEase. TardEase is a new tardy tracking platform that makes it quick and easy for schools to process consequences when students are late to class. TardEase runs as a Google Sheets Add-On, so anyone can set it up, and works by scanning the ID numbers of late students into a Google Form. Then, each night, TardEase sends a formatted PDF of the consequences, with your school letterhead, to be sent home with students for their parents to sign, or given as a detention notice. TardEase is also significantly cheaper than other options on the market, with no special hardware to buy, and no per-student licensing fee. TardEase costs only $600 a year. You can learn more, and start a 30-day free trial now by visiting

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 103 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Steve Isaacs.


Steve, thank you so much for an awesome chat and the great ideas for starting my own eSports league!

To connect with Steve, find him on Twitter @mr_isaacs. You can also email him at

If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at

Until next week, give students genuine choice in your classroom!


Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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