The Portal series has been a huge success for Valve. It’s innovative and incredibly clever. Turns out, teachers took notice, and started using these games in the classroom to help students learn. In response, Valve opened a program so that teachers can have free access to Portal 2 and its puzzle maker for their classrooms.[quote]Today, innovative educators are finding ways to incorporate Portal™ and Portal 2 into their classrooms—helping teach physics and critical-thinking skills. It’s eye-opening to see how video games can be used in amazing and unexpected ways to help educate our next generation. In response we’ve created Teach with Portals and there you’ll find the beginnings of an engaging set of lesson plans, created by teachers, using the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker. Teachers sign up for the Education Beta and get access to Portal 2 and the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker and a teacher-created collection of puzzles for as many students as they’d like – for free.[/quote]
This is completely and totally classy. This simple gesture not only makes Valve more endearing, but it also makes the kids aware that games can be more than fun. In fact, games can be valuable tools and even careers. Nice work, Valve. Thanks for making gaming culture a little bit better.
Source: Learn With Portals