Have your kids played Portal? Mine love it. I mean, the LOVE this game!Portal is a three-dimensional game with "amazing, very life-like, incredible" graphics. (That description is brought to you from my kids!)
It's always a plus when I read an article about a game my kid's love being used for education. According to Mindshift, Valve is now using Steam, their online game platform, to integrate the game into schools. This new initiative is called Steam for Schools, and it's available to teachers now. I just sent in my request, so I'll let you know if homeschool teachers are considered as well. Regardless, we have Portal, so I'm excited to see lesson plans developed to go with the game. Here is a snippet, but you can see the rest here.
For Physics: When students pass through two portals, they discover they can measure the period of oscillation and graph it.
For Math: With a program called Puzzle Maker,the demonstrate their understanding of the terminology of geometry.
For Language Arts: Students take notes about character and setting in the story line of Portal. My kids have talked non-stop about how amazing the story is. Once the characters are mapped out, students can discuss how they are affected throughout the game.
Getting my kids to try this out will not be a problem! Getting them to stop, might be!
Have you checked out Portal yet? I'd love to hear what you think!
Update: Steam for Schools welcomes homeschoolers!