This article describes a course for pre-service teachers designed to get them into touch with creating games for educational purposes while offering them various possibilities of having experiences with the benefits and the possible pitfalls of new media usage in education in general.
At the University of Hamburg, integrating new media into educational settings is a central aspect of teacher education. The introduction of Serious Game programming to teacher education supports pre-service teachers in familiarizing themselves with creative ways of utilizing the educational potential of new media for themselves as well as their students.
Hamburg University, one of the largest universities in Germany, accepts several hundred pre-service teachers per year. During their course of studies, they can choose to focus on courses in educational science aimed at deepening their knowledge about integrating new media into educational settings.