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« on: June 21, 2012, 02:33:23 PM »

While this isn't necessarily a new thing, it is really quite interesting! (I remember reading a little bit about it a bit after portal 2 was released but never heard much more until now...)  Valve has a "Steam for Schools" program (a school friendly steam client) which they offer for free, along with select valve games and portal 2 puzzle maker/tools!  (Suppose it is like the workshop)  They even have forums set up for teachers to talk to one another and discuss plans/successes.  I really think this is a great idea on their part, and I hope more teachers use this.  This would be so much better than sitting in class staring at a white board listening to a lecture for... however long your classes are! (some of mine have been 3 hours long, and I can tell you it's not that fun)  It'll be more fun, and people learn better when having fun!  

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We heard loud and clear from hundreds of educators that they wanted a place to learn about and share compelling, engaging and creative content for using Portal and Portal 2 in their classrooms. Here is that place where you can sign up to receive for free the educational collection of Portal 2 and its Puzzle Maker through STEAM for SCHOOLS, the school-friendly version of our game distribution service; access lesson plans and unique puzzles; and join a teachers-only community forum to share experiences.

Tap into Teach with Portals to find free content, information and tools to help you build innovative curricula. And most importantly, become part of a community that shares ideas, methods and experiences to teach students in profound new ways


They provide a lot of information and help for the teachers it would see... man.. All this makes me wish I was a teacher.  If I didn't have to deal with shitty kids, I'd definitely would enjoy teaching with something like portal!   That or being in high school and having a teacher use this...

Anyway, here's the site if you wanna look into it, and make share with your teachers Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 03:06:53 PM »

That's unusual for Valve. But I'm going to check it out. Disappointing that only teachers can essentially use it though.
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