“I first realized the potential of technology and the Internet for learning by being a competitive World of Warcraft player and leading a guild, which engaged my writing, math, critical thinking, and leadership skills more than traditional school was at the time!”
Erik Martin is a Fellow at Digital Promise. Previously Erik served as a Policy Advisor at the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Erik has worked on efforts to drive forward educational technology and R&D and ways to use emerging entertainment technologies for social good, including the first White House Education Game Jam, working with the Dept. of Education to launch a new Prize Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality learning tools, and engaging VR/AR developers to create experiences that counter bias and stereotypes, or tell untold stories in STEM. Erik also worked on crafting regulatory and budget items to advance President Obama’s Testing Action Plan to reduce and rethink standardized testing, and the first White House Game-A-Thon streamed on Twitch.tv to encourage millions of gamers to sign up for healthcare coverage at HealthCare.gov. Erik previously worked in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. He studied New Media and Global Civics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In a former life he was a competitive gamer and guild leader.