Valve is launching a new program to help educators with teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Teachwithportals.com provides free content, game developer tools and community forums that can be used to develop applicable Portal 2 based puzzles and exchange lessons.
“Welcome to the new, free educational collection of puzzles and teacher-created content from Valve’s best-selling game, Portal 2, an engaging 3D puzzle-solving game. Based on Valve’s technology, the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker takes place in an environment with realistic physics – a playground rich with opportunities for educational fun.
We understand that learning is not fulfilled by a one-size-fits-all approach, so we’re engaging with a community of educators, parents and students to create infinite possibilities for learning. The educational version of our Puzzle Maker empowers students and educators to craft unique puzzles, explore worlds, and share custom lesson plans. Teachers can also simply leverage other contributor’s shared lessons, selecting among the best of them to suit their learners’ needs.
“Somewhere out there an innovative, dynamic high school physics teacher will use Portal 2 as the linchpin of an entire series of lessons and will immediately become the most important science teacher those lucky students have ever had. For those of us who have left school behind, Portal 2 is one of the finest brain games around.” The New York Times, May 10, 2011.
Get started with Portal 2 and the Puzzle Maker and download a copy to try out this summer. By signing up, educators also gain access to the Valve Education forum, where teachers from around the world share insights and advice on effective uses of video game technology in the classroom.”