Portal 2 is coming to the classroom:
Valve, the creators of games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Portal, has launched it’s “STEAM for SCHOOLS” program and I think it is something to check out! Valve has adapted its game delivery service, Steam, for use in the school environment and has its sights set on helping the future generations through using Portal 2 to develop critical thinking, spatial reasoning, and collaborative skills.
What is this Portal 2?
When Valve created Portal and its successor, Portal 2 — they stepped away from their successful, albeit typical, genre of shooter style games (which are significantly too violent for schools). Portal 2 teases the brain and is a puzzle based game – making users utilize a “gun” to create…portals to transport through each level of an abandoned subterranean factory to reach the surface. These portals allow you to move through the maze-like rooms using finesse and tactics to ensure you don’t run off your target point (Physics: conservation of momentum – you come out of the portal with the speed and direction you enter it with).
How is this educational?
Check out this short, four minute video created by Valve when The Evergreen School came to test out their project ideas in the fall of 2011.
Teachers are also able to create and submit lesson plans that will be shared with other users and you are able to access other users’ lesson plans – it is very collaborative.
How do I make it happen and find out more?
You will need to provide the following information:
Be sure to have that info when you fill out your application. There is are many more details that you can look over on the Teach with Portals website. I encourage you to look through the FAQ section and watch the video. There are also example lesson plans that you can look through and practice using Portal 2 or give the program a trial run. Forums are available for help and support.
Encourage your teachers and administrators to look into this free offering from Valve to enhance learning opportunities in multiple learning styles. Please share this article with your teacher friends and administrators via Twitter, E-Mail, Facebook, Google+, or word of mouth!