Learn With Portals… Teach With Portals!

I don’t know if you’ve seen this video before:

From Geek.com, back in 2011:

Steam have created “Teach with Portals”, a website that allows educators to sign up to gain access to an educational version of Portal 2 and the Portal 2 puzzle maker. The software uses realistic physics (just like the other Portal games) and inspires teachers and students to create their own puzzles, explore different worlds, and share custom lesson plans.

Here’s what the official site says about Teach With Portals:

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.

I haven’t got a class of my own to use this with, but I’ll be passing on the word and seeing what results.

…As long as they don’t start making advertising for their lessons like this:

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
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  • http://www.youtube.com/lilandrax lilandra

    Thanks for this. I do have a 6th Grade Science class this year. I wish I had more computers though.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Wow, excellent! Do let me know how it turns out! I noticed that they had three-per-computer at Valve, maybe that’s an option?

      • http://www.youtube.com/lilandrax lilandra

        Not in an inner city school with 3 computers and 30 students average per class. We do have a computer lab at the school but with teacher training and over 100 teachers good luck getting your class in regularly.

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    • Kylie Sturgess

      I love you.