Share Paper: Students as Creators of Educational Games - Learning to Use Simple Frameworks and Tools to Empower Students as Educational Game Designers

  1. Ana Rute Martins, CIEd – Research Centre in Education,Institute of Education, University of Minho, Portugal
  2. Lia Raquel Oliveira, CIEd – Research Centre in Education,Institute of Education, University of Minho, Portugal

Abstract: The design of educational games is a powerful pedagogical strategy that can only enter schools if teachers are given the necessary training and support. In this paper we present a training action course for teachers interested in learning how to use simple frameworks and tools to be able to either design educational games themselves or facilitate educational game design by their students. We propose a syllabus, a design framework, and a software solution for digital game creation. This approach has been used in Portugal with middle school teachers and students and has been shown to be effective, resulting in the ...