“Welcome to the Enrichment Center”
September 19, 2011
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Portal is one of my favorite games of all time, not just for its witty dialog or great graphics (which it has both), but also for its physics-defying puzzles that genuinely make you think to solve. Valve (the studio behind Portal), is taking this mentality to a new level, and offering Portal for free (through 9/20/11, so act fast!) as part of their “Learn with Portals” campaign to increase awareness of video games in classroom. Check it out here.
For those who haven’t seen Portal in action, here is a short gameplay video:
I think this is a great step ahead for video games as an emerging educational technology. Valve puts their heart and soul into any of their work, and I hope they follow suit with this campaign. I sent an email to Valve’s representives for the ‘Learn with Portals’ campaign, and will keep everyone updated of any news.\
*Side effect of using this game in your classroom? Your students may develop a biting sense of sarcasm, as well as a new interest in science. As evidenced in this collection of quotes from Portal 2.