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Coolest class ever: Valve brings Portal 2 to schools

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The “Steam for Schools” program is Valve’s newest foray into the world of “edutainment” and its Teach with Portals site details the program’s goals. Teachers and other education professionals can now apply to be part of the beta program. If they are accepted, they get access to version of Valve’s digital distribution service Steam with Portal 2, a level editor, a workshop for housing user-made levels, and the Valve Education forum, where teachers can share their insights. Educators receive dministrative control of the programs.

Ideally, Portal 2 will help teach students about physics, math, spatial reasoning, and problem solving. With level editor access, they can also put their creativity to the test and challenge each other with different maps and challenges.

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