Ars Technica on Learn With Portals and Free Portal Game Download

Ars Technica has a short post here about the free download of Portal for Mac and PC that I mentioned yesterday on Dynamic Subspace here. I knew that Portal had a good physics engine, but I didn’t know that Portal is used in education. According to Ben Kuchera of Ars, Valve Software promotes this use of their popular video game through the Learn with Portals website. Learn with Portals encourages the use of Portal as an educational playground for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

I believe that this is a wonderful use of video games as a supplement to education, particularly in the STEM cluster. Outside of cultural readings of video games, this is a very useful nuts-and-bolts use of video games for learning.

Find out more about this on the Learn with Portals website here.

You have until September 20, 2011 to download Portal for free on your Mac or PC from here.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Who is Dynamic Subspace?

Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.


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