Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Computers in Secondary Schools, Educational Games

  • Margarida RomeroEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_31



This entry introduces educational games in secondary schools. Educational games include three main types of educational activities with a playful learning intention supported by digital technologies: educational serious games, educational gamification, and learning through game creation. Educational serious games are digital games that support learning objectives. Gamification is defined as the use of “game design elements and game thinking in a non-gaming context” (Deterding et al. 2011, p. 13). Educational gamification is not developed through a digital game but includes game elements for supporting the learning objectives. Learning through game creation is focused on the process of designing and creating a prototype of a game to support a learning process related to the game creation process or the knowledge mobilized through the game creation process. Four modalities of educational games in secondary education are introduced in this entry to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Innovation et Numérique pour l’EducationUniversité Côte d’AzurNiceFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric Sanchez
    • 1
  1. 1.CERFUniversity of Fribourg (CH)FribourgSwitzerland